Aston Villa have taken a “risk” allowing Aaron Ramsey’s contract to run down this season – and Celtic could take advantage by offering first-team football.
That is the view of former Leeds and Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the teen sensation would be considering whether he is likely to play any time soon amid contract negotiations at Villa.
The Daily Mail report that Aston Villa are facing a battle to keep hold of the 17-year-old as he heads into the final six months of his current deal, with Celtic and Ajax said to be plotting offers for the end of the season.
An attacking midfielder by trade, Ramsey is yet to make his first-team debut for the Villans – although older brother Jacob has been a bit-part player under Dean Smith this season.
Whelan believes Villa have taken a gamble on Jacob’s contract situation and warned that the lure of game time at somewhere like Celtic could lure him away.
Whelan told Football Insider: “This is the risk you take when you’ve got a very good squad but you’ve also got a young player coming through.
“If he’s not getting game time and he’s tipped to be one of the bright futures of a football club, you really need to be playing football and it gets to a stage where he’ll be hungry to play week in, week out and be given the opportunity.
“If he’s not being given the opportunity then it’s difficult, young players now these days do not have much patience, unfortunately, and they want to play when they know they couldn’t – and I love that.”
Despite his age, Ramsey has been a regular fixture in the under-23s this season, with three goals in nine appearances in the Premier League 2.
Meanwhile, older brother Jacob has made 11 first-team appearances to date, eight of which have come this season.