By Alex McLeish

8th Jul, 2021 | 10:52am

Celtic backed to seal 'absolute steal' after Edwards talks update - pundit

Alex McLeish has suggested Celtic could pull off an “absolute steal” by signing Kyle Edwards after his exit from West Brom.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 23-year-old would not be a “gamble” for the Bhoys.

As revealed by Football Insider on Tuesday (July 6th), Celtic have opened talks to sign Edwards after his contract at West Brom expired.

Those discussions are ongoing, and cross-border rules mean the Glasgow giants would only have to pay £300,000 for compensation costs after his Albion contract expired.

McLeish suggested while it was a nominal fee, Celtic would still not be discussing a move if they thought it was a risky bit of business.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The thing is you hope it’s an absolute steal. You’re not looking at it and thinking: ‘We’re taking a gamble,’ and the kid doesn’t come to the fore.

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“This is where you have to be really sure on the recruitment. If you’re taking young players who have great potential, they have to come through that test if you’re paying a few bob for them.

“I would say that the recruitment team shouldn’t be taking gambles. They have to be taking players that they are absolutely sure of

“Celtic shouldn’t be taking gambles at that kind of money. It’s easy to say you’ll get your money back but you probably won’t if he doesn’t develop.

“Make sure he is of the the Celtic calibre and that he can rise to the challenge.”

Edwards played 49 times for West Brom after breaking through the youth system at the Hawthorns.

He made five Premier League appearances last term as the Baggies were relegated.

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