Talented £2m youngster monitored by Celtic confirms move to Aston Villa

By John McGinley

January 14, 2022

Defender Kerr Smith has confirmed his move to Aston Villa from Dundee United, after being linked to many clubs in recent months including Celtic.

Smith was first linked to Celtic back in August, although it soon became clear he was destined for the English Premier League, with teams willing to offer United good money for the 17-year-old.

The Daily Mail has reported the Tannadice club will bag £800,000 for the prospect, which could potentially rise to £2m.

Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images

With Celtic so focused on the first-team right now, that’s not the kind of cash we can put on the table for a player who would likely join up with the B team initially.

Smith is thought to be on his way to Villa’s U23 side, so he won’t be competing for an English Premier League place initially.

It’s good business for United considering Smith has only made 12 senior appearances since breaking into the first-team squad.

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The Scotland youth international has clearly been earmarked to have a big future. While, sadly, that won’t be in Scottish football domestically, he’s another young Scot to monitor in one of Europe’s big five leagues.

Celtic have a number of talented youngsters of our own coming through the U18s and B sides right now, so there is plenty to focus on for Ange Postecoglou and Tommy McIntyre as it is.

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