By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

13th May, 2020 | 1:59pm

Exclusive: Celtic launch move to sign attacking gem, Bruce makes new Edouard claim

Alex Bruce claims that a move to Celtic this summer could do Stoke City youngster Mo Sankoh “the world of good” for his career.

The former Kilmarnock defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 16-year-old striker could follow in the footsteps of Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard at Parkhead.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Bhoys have made a move to sign the teenage starlet ahead of his youth contract expiring at Stoke.

This site has revealed the significant interest building in the Dutch youngster’s capture, with Everton and Chelsea joined by Premier League rivals Tottenham in setting sights on taking him from the Potters.

Bruce believes that Sankoh’s priority has to be securing a pathway to first-team football and suggests that Celtic could offer him just what he needs.

“Ultimately it’s all about the pathway – you’ve got to look at who’s ahead of you, what ages they’re at, are you better than them?” Bruce told Football Insider.

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“If a player’s going to move, my advice is to go somewhere or stay somewhere where you’re going to play and make a reputation for yourself. If he’s that good, the big boys will come calling. 

“The one thing you don’t want to do is go to a team where your pathway’s blocked. You’re always better playing.

“We’ve seen the kind of reputation these guys have developed at Celtic – the likes of Edouard, Dembele, young lads who have gone and earned a decent reputation.

“The only way you can do that is by playing games and if you’re up there and you can play for a big club like Celtic, play in the big competitions and prove your worth, it’s only going to do his stock the world of good.” 

A Netherlands under-17 international, Sankoh has played for both Stoke’s under-18 and under-23 side this season.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton claims the Bhoys have pulled off a “great bit of business” as a Premier League transfer is on the cards.