By David Woods

28th Jun, 2018 | 12:51pm

Brendan Rodgers admits Celtic in talks with 'exceptional talent'

Brendan Rodgers has stated that Moses Odubajo is an “exceptional talent” but that he won’t be rushed into a decision on the player.

The Hull City right-back is out of contract in June and hasn’t played a competitive game in two years because of injury.

However, he is at Celtic’s Austrian training camp this week for talks with Rodgers over a possible career-saving move.

“Moses, if he is a fully-fit player and up to speed, is a big, big talent,” Rodgers said in the Daily Record.

He has been out for two years, but we will see what happens over the next week.

“He will be leaving Hull and we got permission to speak, but, obviously, there is a concern over the fitness.

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“There is still a lot to go before that could happen, but it was just nice to talk him and see where he was at.

“I saw him [at Brentford] and he was an exceptional talent.”

Football Insider verdict:

There are sharply differing views on Celtic signing Moses Odubajo. But we can only see one side of them. Celtic have had the player out to the training camp for talks. They’re not going to sign someone who won’t be able to play again. Does Odubajo deserve a chance? Of course, he does. The 24-year-old has had a horrific time of it at Hull and injuries have almost called a halt to his career. Rodgers is no mug. If he thinks that Odubajo is ready to resume his career then they could be getting a supremely gifted player for free. Odubajo will be thrilled to be offered a chance at such a big club and his wages won’t be too high either. Where’s the risk in a short-term contract with an option for a longer term? Odubajo played twice for the England Under-20s and signed for Hull for £4.5million in 2015 from Brentford. Celtic have the upper hand here, having offered the right-back a lifeline and if Rodgers says he’s fit and ready, fans should trust he knows what he’s talking about. 

In other Celtic news, the club are hoping to tie down this 27-year-old stalwart to a new deal at Parkhead.

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