Done deal: Midfielder signs as Celtic agree terms
By Will Butcher
Celtic have confirmed young midfielder Mark Hill has committed his future to the club after putting pen to paper on a new contract.
The Bhoys revealed on their official website that the 18-year-old defender had signed a three-year deal with the club, after impressing in Celtic’s reserve and youth sides.
Former Liverpool and Swansea boss Rodgers revealed that he was delighted to secure the future of Hill, and challenged him to jump from the second string to his star-studded first team.
“I am delighted for Mark and his family, and now the hard work begins for him in making the next step from the Development Side to the first team,” Rodgers said.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) May 19, 2017
Eight-time Scotland Under-19 star Hill is known as one of Celtic’s brightest up-and-coming prospects and was crucial in the Hoops’ 3-0 win over Rangers as they lifted the Youth Cup.
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Celtic’s number 58 moved to Parkhead back in the summer of 2015 from Scottish Premiership rivals Hamilton, at the tender age of 16.
However, Hill faces a fight on his hands if he is to earn a place in Rodgers’ midfield next season, with captain Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Stuart Armstrong, Nir Bitton and Kouassi Eboue ahead of him.
Hill will have time on his side, with his new deal set to expire in the summer of 2020.
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The winter signing of Eboue has proved to be somewhat of a failure this season, as he struggles to adapt to the rigours of top-flight Scottish football. Signing Hill could now see him make the progression from reserve side to first team, leapfrogging Eboue to feature regularly on Rodgers’ substitutes bench next season. However, Hill has plenty to learn and his first step should be looking to earn a step-up to first-team training in order to play alongside Celtic’s best players. From there, the hard work begins.
In other Celtic transfer news, the Hoops’ odds on signing this attacking midfielder have shortened.