By Michael Brown

17th Jul, 2020 | 6:30pm

Exclusive: Tottenham backed to beat Celtic to signing of centre-forward

Michael Brown claims that Wigan Athletic striker Joe Gelhardt will be more tempted to join Tottenham than Celtic this summer.

The former Spurs and Sheffield United midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, drew on his experience of picking between Rangers and the Lilywhites in making his assessment of the youngster’s transfer dilemma.

As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic are keen on signing the 18-year-old this summer amid interest from some of England’s elite clubs.

The Daily Mail report that Tottenham have expressed interest in the teenage forward, with Wigan looking to address their financial issues by selling players after going into administration.

Brown claims that, despite the size of Celtic as a club, the lure of the Premier League would be enough for the youngster to turn them down.

Asked if Celtic’s proven pathway for young talent gave them an advantage, Brown told Football Insider: “No, we’re talking Spurs in the Premier League. I had the option to go to Rangers, to go play up there or to go to Spurs. I could have joined Rangers but I chose Spurs.

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“There’s a giant of a club in Celtic, Rangers and Spurs so ultimately it just comes down to the league that they’re playing in and the opportunities come from there on. 

“No one is questioning the size of Rangers or Celtic – it’s unbelievable – but the league of the Premier League is a different draw.” 

Gelhardt has played 20 times for Wigan’s senior side after coming through the youth ranks in the north west.

He has netted one goal in 17 Championship appearances this season, although only two of those outings came in the starting XI.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton claims a big-name Bhoy has been leapfrogged by a barely-seen player in the Parkhead pecking order.

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