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Peter Lawwell family ties means Celtic must sign pocket-sized dynamo from title winners

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It is fair to assume that Celtic have a ‘relationship’ of sorts with Premier League champions Manchester City.

The Hoops have been lucky enough to have signed English winger Patrick Roberts on loan on two occasions, and signed highly-rated midfielder Olivier Ntcham for £4.5million in the summer.

Hoops chief executive Peter Lawwell’s son works as a scouting information and content manager for the recently crowned English champions, and no doubt he would let his father know if any bargains were available for the Hoops.

With Roberts set to return to Manchester at the end of the season, the Hoops will need a replacement winger, and there is one at City would could well fit the bill – Brahim Díaz.

The 18-year-old has gained first-team experience this season, making three substitute appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, but he has mainly been on the fringes of first-team action.

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If City want to see how the 5ft 5in pocket-sized dynamo gets on in a league that will take no prisoners, he would be doing well making the move to Glasgow, where Roberts thrived until injury ruined his second loan spell.

If Diaz works out on a year’s loan for the Bhoys, he could perhaps sign a permanent deal – his contract ends at the end of next season – or he could sign a new deal with City then make the loan move to the Hoops.

It seems like a win-win situation all-round, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Hoops sign another player from City sooner rather than later.

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