Alex Bruce has claimed it would be a major coup for Celtic to land Atletico Madrid forward Rodrigo Riquelme in the summer transfer window. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Kilmarnock defender suggested that Parkhead chiefs would deserve a “big pat on the back” if they could pull of a deal for the 20-year-old talent.

A recent report from The Scottish Sun claimed that the Hoops are keeping close tabs on the wide man, who is out of contract in the Spanish capital at the end of the season, and could be available on a free transfer.

And Bruce believes that he would be great asset to the champions if they can get a deal over the line.

When asked by Football Insider what Riquelme’s arrival would mean for the Bhoys, he said: “It would be a a major coup, there’s no doubt about it.

“When you get a young player form Atletico Madrid it doesn’t happen every day. He’s got a lot of talent and he’s a good prospect.

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“If he’s had a good schooling at Atletico and he’s decent then it could be an exciting one for Lennon if he can get him in.

“We’ll just have to watch this space. I’m sure Celtic have watched him if he’s being linked, they’ll know all about him, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

“If there are other clubs interested, and if he chooses Celtic, it would obviously be a big pat on the back for them.”

Riquelme made his La Liga debut for Atletico during the 3-2 win over SD Eibar back in January.

He has also been a key figure for the Spanish giant’s youth setup this season, scoring twice and assisting four more goals over the course of seven UEFA Youth League appearances.

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