Report: Celtic's bid for highly-rated Scottish youngster rejected

By Lewis Laird

August 22, 2022

Celtic have reportedly had a bid turned down for highly-rated Queens Park and Scottish youngster Cameron Bruce.

The 16-year-old has come through the Spiders academy, signing a two-year pro contract with the club back in May.

Earlier this year, the left-back made his first team debut, coming on as a late substitute in a 1-1 draw against Alloa Athletic.

Just one week later, Bruce made his first start for Queens Park, playing 73 minutes in a 2-0 loss away from home against Airdrieonians.

To top off a brilliant first six months of 2022, Bruce also went on to feature for his nation in the Scotland u17s side in games against England, Germany and Sweden.

He is looking to establish himself as part of the Queens Park first team under Owen Coyle, having been named on the bench in all but one of their competitive games so far this season.

The defender is seen as one of the Spiders’ top prospects as the ambitious Scottish Championship side looks to build for the future under their director of football, Marijn Beuker, who arrived from AZ Alkmaar last November.

Bruce, who doesn’t turn 17 until December, is already attracting interest from across the country, with ‘major’ English Premier League sides tracking his progress.

According to a report from Sun Sport, Celtic are one club who are looking to sign the talented left-back and have had a bid rejected by Queens Park this summer.

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Youth coaches at the club, including Darren O’Dea and Stephen McManus, are interested in adding more talent to the club’s ranks, having signed the duo of Josh Clarke and Justin Osagie this summer.

At one stage, the Hoops were also looking to sign St Mirren prospect Dylan Reid. However, a move failed to materialise.

If Celtic are to continue their pursuit of Cameron Bruce, it appears they have a lot of work to do before Queens Park even considers a bid.

The report states that despite interest from the likes of Celtic and Rangers, Queens Park has ‘no intention’ of cashing in on the youngster, having progressed all the way through the levels since joining the club’s u9s side.

It should be interesting to see if the Bhoys go back in for another bid. However, it may be a case of accepting defeat for now during this window and keeping a close eye on how he progresses as part of Owen Coyle’s first-team squad this season.

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