Exclusive: McNamara claims Celtic have key advantage in bid to sign attacker as offer made


Jackie McNamara says that Celtic’s proven track record of developing youngsters will give the Hoops an advantage over Premier League sides when it comes to snapping up promising talents.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Bhoys ace says that the likes of Kieran Tierney, Callum McGregor and more recently Mikey Johnston is proof the club gives youth prospects a chance if they are good enough.

As revealed by Football Insider this week, the Glasgow giants are in a battle with the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City for 15-year-old Linfield starlet Charlie Allen.

The Hoops have offered him a trial at Parkhead after breaking into the Belfast side’s first-team.

McNamara says that the vast number of young players who have made the grade at Celtic should prove they are dedicated to developing prodigious talents to the best of their ability and help them sign the likes of Allen over their English counterparts.

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“I think what will go in their favour is the youngsters that have been given a chance in the last few years,” McNamara told Football Insider.

“You see Tierney coming through the system and the other ones; Mikey Johnston, (James) Forrest, (Callum) McGregor, so there’s a lot of boys there who are homegrown and have been given an opportunity.

“There’s a better pathway there for young kids, knowing that if they do well they’re not going to be competing with £40million pound players. It’s a better pathway for them to develop and learn.”

Celtic’s Champions League qualifier second-leg against Nomme Kalju saw them field two homegrown prospects in the starting XI, with the aforementioned Johnston joined by Anthony Ralston in Neil Lennon’s side.

In other Celtic news, Darren Bent has claimed one player is desperate to leave the club and seal a move south of the border.