By Wayne Veysey

3rd Jul, 2020 | 10:24am

Exclusive: Celtic ready offer for English club centre-forward after huge development

Celtic are lining up an offer for Wigan Athletic centre-forward Joe Gelhardt this summer, Football Insider can reveal.

The Scottish champions have joined a cluster of elite Premier League clubs including Everton in closely monitoring the wonderkid’s situation.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club are ready to offer Gelhardt the chance to move to Scotland after Wigan announced earlier this week they have entered administration.

The Championship outfit have become the first English professional club to do so since the coronavirus pandemic began and the EFl reacted by saying they will be deducted 12 points.

It could mean a fire sale of Wigan’s top talents and that increases the likelihood of Gelhardt leaving.

Celtic are in line to make a sales pitch to the youngster and offer him a contract to move to Parkhead.

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The club have a history of snapping up top young talent from south of the border and handing them a clear pathway to first-team football at an elite level, as they did most notably with Moussa Dembele and Jeremie Frimpong.

The rising star has been watched closely by Celtic’s network of scouts this season and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

He signed a new contract last November with Wigan, six months after he had turned 17.

Gelhardt has come through the ranks at the Latics to make his first-team mark with 19 appearances in total, 17 of which have come this season.

Most of those have come as a substitute, and he has made just two senior starts to date and scored a single goal, which came in the Championship against Hull City.

Gelhardt has scored frequently at youth-team level for England, netting three times in six appearances at Under-18 level.

In other Celtic news, a leaked image of Ajer suggests major transfer development.

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