Done deal: Defender signs after Celtic agree terms
By Harvey Byrne
Josh Kerr has quit Celtic for Premier League club Brighton, it was confirmed on Tuesday morning.
The official Brighton website announced that the defender, 19, had left Glasgow for the south coast for an undisclosed fee after failing to break into the Hoops’ first team.
The teenage right-back had been a part of the Scotland giants’ youth system for four years after joining from Hamilton in July 2013.
His contract was set to expire at Brendan Rodgers’ side at the end of the next month, but he has now agreed a fresh two-year deal with Chris Hughton’s Brighton, which is set to come into effect when the transfer window officially opens on June 10.
It is detailed that he will initially join the Seagulls’ Under-23s team and he will be hoping to eventually break into Hughton’s first team squad in the future.
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Brighton are going into their first ever season in the Premier League and they will be scouring the market for players who they feel can help keep them in the top-flight.
Meanwhile, Celtic are solid at the back and have Cristian Gamboa currently occupying the right-back role.
Football Insider verdict:
Celtic fans are unlikely to be too worried about this deal as despite joining a Premier League side Kerr wasn’t considered one of the club’s bright prospects. It is a far cry from the deal that saw young forward Islam Feruz move to Chelsea back in the day and manager Rodgers certainly won’t be losing too much sleep over this departure. The Hoops are currently set to enjoy great success in the future and Kerr simply wasn’t not going to play a part in that. Therefore, this deal is a good one for all parties involved and Celtic supporters will still be sure to hope that he can forge a good career for himself in England.
In other Celtic transfer news, this Hoops attacker is being eyed by a top-flight club.