Celtic have missed out on signing Queen’s Park youngster Reagan Thomson after he agreed on a move to Newcastle United, The Scottish Sun report.
The paper say that Celtic submitted a late bid for the 16-year-old midfielder but that he is now about to sign a two-and-a-half-year deal at St James’ Park.
The deal is only expected to cost the Magpies £50,000 plus add ons when he completes his move.
It’s said that their interest in the player kicked into a new gear after they scouted the player in action for Scotland U17 against Iceland in October.
The move will be quite the change of pace for Thomson, who has played just nine times for the League Two outfit (Transfermarkt).
Obviously this is not a move that impacts our ambitions but it’s never great seeing young talents choose to decide to leave Scottish football, especially when we are in the mix to land them.
Celtic’s reserve side well-stocked
Our collection of young talents right now is looking like one of the most exciting groups in recent memory. From Karamoko Dembele to Lee O’Connor to Jonathan Afolabi, there’s a few teenagers looking capable of one day making a bid for first-team action.
We need only look at the impact of Jeremie Frimpong to see what a bit of youthful exuberance can add to the side, if players are of the right quality.
With a new investment at Barrowfield on the cards and a manager in the dugout that has shown belief in youth previously, things are looking up when it comes to bringing through new blood.
As for Thomson? He will now have a huge opportunity to make a career for himself in the game and we wish him well.