Youngster scouted by Celtic in February joins Newcastle United

By Lewis Laird

May 30, 2022

English Premiership side Newcastle United have confirmed they have a deal in place to sign Irish youngster Alex Murphy, who was previously scouted by Celtic earlier this year.

The Galway United defender attracted interest south of the border after breaking into the first team at just 16-years old.

However, Celtic were also watching the 17-year old closely, sending Willie McStay to Galway’s fixture in the Irish First Division against Cork to see Murphy in action.

Reports in recent months seem to suggest that Newcastle were favourites to sign the Ireland u18s internationalist [RTE].

However, the door was left open for Celtic to make a move, with the St James’ park side failing to agree a deal in late April and Murphy’s club confirming he could not sign until he turned 18 in late June.

Despite taking time to get the transfer over the line, Newcastle has officially announced the signing of the young Irish defender, who will join the club’s under-23s squad in July.

The Irish market is one which Celtic has looked to target in recent years, with Ange Postecoglou bringing three Irish players to the club last season.

Other examples include the signings of Luca Connell, Jonathan Afolabi and Lee O’Connor during former manager Neil Lennon’s reign in charge at Parkhead.

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It certainly seems like a market on the rise, with clubs across Europe watching closely and young Ireland internationalists heading to huge sides such as AC and Inter Milan.

Playing football from 16-years old, Murphy is clearly a talented player, and I’m sure he will be hoping to break into the Newcastle side within the next few years.

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