Celtic are set to submit a seven-figure bid for Exeter City attacker Joel Randall – and he is “one for the future”, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker said that while the 21-year-old still has a “long way to go” he is an “exciting” prospect.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon revealed last week that the club may sign a winger this month, having struggled in the absence of long-term injury absentee James Forrest.

Football Insider revealed yesterday that Exeter attacker Randall is firmly on Celtic’s radar with a £1million-plus bid set to be launched in the coming weeks.

Randall, who predominantly operates from the left-hand side, has scored eight goals and provided five assists in 24 appearances this season.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the potential arrival of the English wide-man, Whelan said: “Randall is one for the future.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“I do not think he would be a regular straight away. When a player is plying his trade in League Two, there is a long way for them to go.

“He is one for the future who will learn a lot of playing with better players.

“Every team needs to plan ahead and Celtic are investing in the future of the club. He is one that could be an exciting addition for the future.”

Exeter manager Matt Taylor heaped praise on Randall last year, hailing his “phenomenal running stats” and claiming him to be a “standout player” for the League Two side.

The wide-man has 18 months remaining on his contract at the St James Park.

In other news, Celtic have been told to sign defensive colossus in the January transfer window amid updates on two of the club’s centre-back targets.