Alan Hutton has tipped Celtic to secure another Jeremie Frimpong-style deal by landing rising star Veron Parkes from West Ham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and Rangers defender insists there is no point the forward sat on the fringes at the London Stadium when he could be playing first-team football at Parkhead.
Having seen Jeremie Frimpong flourish since he joined the Bhoys from Manchester City last summer, Hutton believes the West Ham forward could be inspired to head to Glasgow this summer.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Times have changed, players aren’t willing, even at a very young age, to sit for years and do nothing, they want to get out there and play.
“We’ve seen it with so many players, whether it be Gilmour leaving Rangers to go down to Chelsea – you would have thought is that the best move but look, he’s cracked it – or at a higher level Sancho leaving Manchester City to join Dortmund.
“The kids aren’t scared to make a big decision and this is obviously yet another one. Jeremie Frimpong did it so these guys will see people like that and think: ‘I can do that, I’m willing to do that, step out my comfort zone and play week in, week out.’
“What’s the point of just sitting at West Ham for years and you just go missing so I think it’s a great thing.”
A versatile forward who can play anywhere across the attack, Parkes is viewed as one of the top prospects at the West Ham academy.
He has shone for the Irons’ under-18s this season, scoring 11 goals and chipping in with a further six assists in just 14 Under-18 Premier League games.
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