By Alan Hutton

9th Jul, 2020 | 12:17pm

Exclusive: Celtic big-money striker deal gathers pace, pundit: 'They were talking £5-6m...'

Celtic could get a “good deal” if they manage to pull off the capture of Wigan Athletic striker Joe Gelhardt this summer, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Rangers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the 18-year-old is an “excellent” prospect that many teams will be interested in.

As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic are lining up an offer for the promising hitman, with his price tag expected to fall as a result of Wigan going into administration.

It is understood the Latics had told Gelhardt’s suitors, who include Everton and Leicester City, would previously have cost £5-6million but the club’s serious financial issues mean that fee is likely to plummet.

Hutton admits he is watching the young striker’s situation carefully and insists Celtic would do well to get him to Parkhead with such high-profile interest from elsewhere.

Hutton told Football Insider: “Unfortunately this is what happens, he’s only 18, a great prospect for the future and obviously there will be a lot of clubs looking at him.

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“They were talking around the £5-6million mark but the way Wigan have went into administration, they’ll be looking to cash in on their assets. Whoever gets him will probably get a good deal.

“He’s an excellent young talent and Celtic, I understand why they’re interested but there will be a whole host of clubs they’ll have to fight off to get his signature. It’s one I’m watching with interest to see where he does end up.

“He’s an excellent talent and Celtic will do good to get him.” 

Gelhardt has scored just once in 19 appearances for Wigan to date, with 16 of those matches coming in the Championship.

Celtic have the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Patryk Klimala as their senior centre-forward options, while Armstrong Okoflex is a highly rated prospect at Parkhead.

In other Celtic news, a Bhoy with just seven SPL starts has been tipped to be dazzling Lennon on the training ground.

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