Frank McAvennie has urged Celtic to complete the permanent signing of loanee Diego Laxalt.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Hoops striker claimed the Uruguayan has the potential to become a “top player” already.

This site revealed earlier this week that Laxalt’s parent club AC Milan value him at £4.5million as he enters the final 18 months of his contract.

The 27-year-old has started all of Celtic’s games since his arrival on deadline day last month, displacing incumbent Greg Taylor.

While McAvennie admitted he got off to a tricky start on his debut against Rangers, the Hoops legend believes Laxalt has stepped up since.

Asked by Football Insider whether he would like to see him join permanently, McAvennie said: “Someone told me he is up there with the best left-backs. 

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“First and foremost he defends really well and he’s great going down the line getting the ball into the box.

“I really do like him. Yes, he had a poor game against Rangers but I don’t think anybody played well that day so he was caught like a rabbit between the headlights.

“He’s stepped up and done well. I definitely would like to see him sign permanently.

“For £4.5million, I definitely would because he’s going to be a top player.”

Laxalt got his first win in a Hoops jersey on Sunday as they beat Aberdeen 2-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final and continued their pursuit for a quadruple treble.

Prior to the game at Hampden, the former Genoa defender had failed to win in his first four Celtic games.

In other Celtic news, Kevin Campbell has tipped Arsenal to sign a Hoops star after a release clause reveal.