Noel Whelan insisted Celtic can compete with Europe’s elite clubs for the signature of young French defender Brandon Soppy – thanks to Odsonne Edouard, Olivier Ntcham and Christopher Jullien.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds and Aberdeen forward suggested the 18-year-old will be enticed to join the Hoops given the club’s track record with young French talent.
According to Foot Mercato, Neil Lennon’s side are facing competition from RB Leipzig and AS Monaco for the Stade Rennais defender.
Soppy may be encouraged by the French contingent already at Parkhead – Jullien, Ntcham and Edouard.
The aforementioned French players, along with Moussa Dembele, who left for Lyon in 2018, have been integral to the club’s success over the past few years.
Soppy is the subject of a tug of war between some of Europe’s top clubs without having made a single first-team appearance in his career.
When asked by Football Insider if the teenager would be tempted to move to the Bhoys given the club’s track record with French talent, Whelan said: “Celtic are a huge club and they will have the resources to benefit this player.
“The French players (Edouard, Jullien) that have gone before him may whet the appetite a little bit more.
“You know you will be playing in front of 60,000 every single week and winning or challenging for all domestic honours and you will be in Europe. There is a lot to like at Celtic.
“They produce players and develop players very, very well.”
The young defender, whose contract expires in June 2021, has been capped 11 times by the France under-18 side.
Although predominantly a right-back, Soppy can play as a centre-half as well.