Report: Celtic eye summer swoop for Premier League star after development

By Alex Stevens

Celtic are weighing up move for West Ham left-back Stephen Hendrie, according to a report.

The Scottish champions are monitoring the 21-year-old defender amid interest in their own highly rated left-back Kieran Tierney.

According to the Scottish Sun, Southampton are keeping close tabs on Tierney ahead of a possible summer swoop following his impressive displays since breaking into the Celtic side a year ago.

Tierney, 18, has enjoyed a whirlwind year in which he has made 27 appearances for the Scottish Premiership leaders and been handed a Scotland call-up.

Glasgow-born Hendrie, 21, is said to have been a long-term target for Celtic, with the club keen to add him to their squad.

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The West Ham defender spent a successful loan spell at League One club Southend before it was cut short in February due to injury.

But Hendrie has now recovered and scored the winner for West Ham’s Development Squad when they beat Liverpool in the Premier League Under-21 Cup semi-final two weeks ago.

Celtic originally tried to sign Hendrie from Hamilton last summer, but he chose to move to Upton Park.

In other Celtic news, Neil Lennon has given his verdict on the upcoming Old Firm clash.