Celtic have jumped ahead of Rangers and leading English clubs in the race to sign French attacker Thomas Robert this summer.
The 20-year-old attacker, who is the son of legendary former Newcastle United winger Laurent Robert, has attracted interest from the Glasgow giants after his dazzling start in Scotland for Airdrieonians.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Robert is headed to Celtic’s Lennoxtown headquarters to train ahead of a potential summer move.
An agreement is not yet in place but talks have taken place over a training agreement that would see the youngster spend time with Celtic.
A transfer fee could then be agreed in the summer for the youngster, who has made a big impact in Scottish League One this season.
Robert spurned summer offers from elite clubs include Nice, Rennes and his old club Montpellier to join Airdrie last summer in search of regular football.
That brave decision is starting to pay off as Robert has flourished, where his 14 matches yielded four goals and two assists before the season was suspended.
He hasn’t played since 2 January, and the SFA will wait until 1 March before making a decision on resuming the season in League One and League Two in Scotland.
In the meantime, Robert is headed to Celtic in a major boost to his own career.
This site revealed in May that Newcastle United, Rangers and Celtic were among the clubs keeping tabs on the then-teenager last summer before he joined Airdrie.
Thomas is Laurent’s middle son — the youngest of the three, Leo-Pierre, is 10 and the eldest, Mathieu, is 22 – and is a fluent English speaker.
Similar to his famous footballing father, Robert is an attacking player and is a versatile forward who can play down both flanks as well as behind the main centre-forward.