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2nd Jul, 2016 | 7:13pm

Celtic steal wonderkid striker from under the nose of several English clubs

By Will Butcher

Celtic have beaten a host of English clubs to sign highly-rated St. Francis centre-forward Tommy Caffrey, it was announced on Saturday.

The teenager is manager Brendan Rodgers’ second signing since taking over the reins at Celtic Park following the capture of Moussa Dembele earlier in the week.

The Irish claimed Caffrey had held out for a long awaited move to the Hoops, despite multiple offers from down south.

Rodgers has been linked with plenty of players over the last couple of weeks, most notably Aston Villa’s Scott Sinclair, QPR’s Steven Caulker and Blackburn’s Euro 2016 star Shane Duffy.

Caffrey’s St. Francis manager Mark Connelly was full of praise for the teenage sensation, stating that he deserved everything that has come his way.

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“He was one of our best players, he had other opportunities but I think he was always set on Celtic, the lad has a good attitude and deserves it,” Connelly said, as quoted by the Irish Echo.

“He has done very well for us this season and we wish him all the best.”

Caffrey joins a well established attacking line-up at Celtic Park, with Nadir Ciftci, new signing Dembele and the prolific Leigh Griffiths among the strikers already available to Rodgers.

The club have recently offloaded four forwards from last season, Carlton Cole, Colin Kazim-Richards, Anthony Stokes and Stefan Scepovic.

In other Celtic transfer news, 18-year-old Kristoffer Ajer has already revealed the next steps in his career plan.