Report: EFL side 'hold talks' over move for Celtic youngster

By Lewis Laird

August 26, 2022

Celtic youngster Owen Moffat is reportedly closing in on a permanent move to English Championship side Blackpool.

The 20-year-old has risen through the academy ranks at Celtic Park, playing for the club’s youth sides during the early stages of his career.

During the 2021/22 campaign, the winger was a key part of Tommy McIntyre’s side within the young Celts squad that played their first season in the Lowland League.

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Moffat went on to make his competitive debut for the club, coming off the bench back in December, during Celtic’s dramatic late win away from home against Ross County.

The talented youngster was rewarded with two further appearances, which included his first start against St Mirren and was substituted on for the final moments of the Hoops Premier Sports Cup victory over Hibernian.

After a strong showing in the fifth tier of Scottish Football, collecting 22 goal contributions in 31 games, many were interested to see the involvement Moffat might have during pre-season.

However, the young winger made just one appearance before returning to Glasgow in a 7-0 friendly victory against Wiener Viktoria.

According to a report from the Daily Record, Moffat could be set for a Parkhead exit after holding talks with English Championship side Blackpool.

Blackpool boss Michael Appleton also all but confirmed that the club were in talks for a permanent move that would see the attacker join the Seasider’s development side.

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He said [LancsLive]: “Just the fact that I believe it’s from a development point of view. I haven’t had any conversations regarding it, if I’m being totally honest other than that if there was an opportunity, would I back it, would I be in favour of it, and the answer was very much yes.

“Obviously, I don’t want to talk too much about other people’s players without having all the knowledge, but I’m aware of the player, I’m aware he’s a talent, and if there was an opportunity and it came, then why wouldn’t we?

“I think he’s definitely more for the future and the development group, and that’s the reason why we have that, to give players an opportunity to get competitive football at a decent enough level and then they can threaten and get closer to the first team group, and we’ll do that over time.

“Certainly, initially, he’ll come into work with that group.”

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It would be a real shame to see a highly-rated talent like Moffat move on, particularly if you consider it is to join another development side south of the border.

However, given the number of current options ahead of the winger in that area of the park, it feels unlikely he will make the breakthrough into Ange Postecoglou’s plans at this stage.

So, the player may feel it is best for his development to continue down south, having also become too old to feature for the club’s B side in competitive action.

A move to Blackpool already seems quite far down the line, and if it comes off, we wish the Celtic youngster all the best of luck for the future!

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