St Mirren are aiming to sign Celtic midfielder Mark Hill on loan in January, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim that both the Scottish Championship leaders and First Division high-flyers Raith want to sign the 19-year-old on loan until the end of the season, with the Saints first making Celtic aware of their interest when the Hoops signed Lewis Morgan from the Paisley side.
It is understood that the door has been opened for Championship title favourites St Mirren to make an approach for Hill at some point during the January transfer window.
The youngster joined the Hoops from Hamilton in 2012 and has been a regular in the Bhoys’ development squad, and signed a three-year contract with the Bhoys last year.
This season he played in five of the six games in the UEFA Youth League, and also made an appearance in the pre-season friendly against Lyon at Celtic Park.
Hill has also played fairly regularly for Scotland’s under-19 side.
Football Insider verdict
This seems like an ideal move for the player. He would be able to test himself in highly competitive games as St Mirren go for promotion. This will do him the world of good, as he will learn far more about himself as a player than he would playing for Celtic’s development squad. As he only signed a new contract with the Bhoys last season, Brendan Rodgers must see him as a player for the future, and he will get a better idea of his first-team prospects after a spell with the Paisley. A move to Raith wouldn’t be as note-worthy, as although they are also in a promotion battle the standard of football won’t be as good.
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