By Matt Farr

Brentford head of operations Robert Rowan has hailed the signing of exciting youngster Theo Archibald from Celtic.

The Championship club announced on their official club website on Friday that the 19-year-old ace had completed his move from Celtic on a three-year deal.

Archibald has been talked up as a star for the future, but the winger had yet to make his senior debut for Celtic, despite impressing within their youth ranks.

Following the move, Brentford chief Rowan shared his delight at completing the deal, delivering a rave review on a player he once worked alongside during a previous spell as a member of the Celtic backroom staff.

He said, as quoted by the Daily Record: “He’s a driven, professional and committed athlete whom over the last few months our staff have got to know better from a personal and football perspective.

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“I like Theo as a young man and know he is the sort of person who fits our ethos. Theo is an inverted right winger, he’s powerful, quick, direct and intelligent in possession.

“He has only just turned 19 so there is lots of development to take place over the length of the contract but the staff are looking forward to working with him to improve.”

Celtic have already granted permission for Archibald to join up with his new teammates ahead of their B team match against Manchester City at Griffin Park on Monday.

However, the transfer will not be officially completed until June 10.

The player has spent the second half of the current campaign on loan at Scottish League One outfit Albion Rovers, for whom he has made four senior appearances, including three starts.

But he also featured for Celtic in the UEFA Youth League this season, the Champions League equivalent at youth level, contributing one goal and one assist from six appearances in the group-stage.

In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has revealed who he would like to manage when he leaves Celtic.

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