Alan Hutton admits he would be “very shocked” if Celtic had any chance of signing Ryan Sessegnon on loan from Tottenham this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland defender believes a move to Scotland would be a “massive step back” for the £25million sensation.
The Athletic report that Celtic are among a host of clubs who have shown interest in taking the 20-year-old on loan this summer, although Spurs are said to be planning on keeping the youngster in north London for next season.
Sessegnon has played just 12 times for the Lilywhites since his move from Fulham last summer after injuries plagued his first-year at the club.
Hutton insists that if the England under-21 star is to leave Spurs on a temporary basis, he should be playing Premier League football next season.
Asked what he thought of the links to Celtic, Hutton told Football Insider: “The crystal ball says no, that’s my opinion. There’s no way.
“I think for Sessegnon, and it’s no disrespect to Scotland at all, it would be a massive step back for him. He moved from Fulham to Tottenham, he’s had some injury problems, it’s not quite worked out but we all know he’s a great player.
“If he was to go out on loan anywhere it would have to be a Premier League team that he would go to. I just can’t see that one happening. I’d be very, very shocked if that deal went through.”
Sessegnon, who broke through the Craven Cottage ranks as a teenager, played 120 times for Fulham before he moved to Spurs.
His one and only goal for Tottenham came in a 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stages.