Done deal: Celtic agree terms with player from top-flight club
By Richard Parks
Celtic have signed goalkeeper Liam Hughes from Irish top-flight club Dungannon Swifts, it has been announced.
The Scottish giants revealed on their official academy Twitter account on Tuesday night that they have snapped up the 16-year-old shot stopper from the Northern Ireland Premiership outfit.
Academy Staff and players are delighted to welcome goalkeeper Liam on his recent signing from Dungannon Swifts.
At 16 Liam has already played in Dungannon’s first team and represented N Ireland at U17 level. A great addition to our squad. ???? pic.twitter.com/oGr3RYB3V1
— Celtic FC Academy (@CelticFCAcademy) February 20, 2018
Teenager Hughes only joined Dungannon last summer but has made such rapid progress that he will become part of the Celtic academy.
The youngster has already played in the eighth-placed Irish club’s first team and has also represented Northern Ireland at Under-17 level.
Hughes will be hoping to follow the progress of fellow Irishman Conor Hazard, who has been Celtic’s third choice keeper and is currently out on loan at Falkirk.
Hazard joined Celtic from Cliftonville in 2014 and has worked his way through the Under-17s and development squad and signed a four year contract last September.
Football Insider verdict:
Celtic have a long history of making full use of the Irish market and luring top talents across the water. They will hope that highly rated Hughes can make the same progress as Hazard, who has come on in leaps and bounds since joining four years ago. It will not have escaped the notice of either keeper that there is a long-term vacancy in the Celtic first team, too, with Craig Gordon and Dorus De Vries both at the veteran stages of their careers.
In other Celtic transfer news, the plug has been pulled at the last minute on the Hoops loaning a left-sided player.
Don’t miss out on breaking and exclusive Celtic news by clicking here for our brilliant 24/7 updates on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.