By Alan Hutton

16th May, 2023 | 9:47am

Pundit drops 'massive' Celtic claim after source's Brighton transfer reveal

Alan Hutton has insisted the draw of the Premier League is a “massive threat” to Scottish clubs like Celtic and Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers defender said that an offer from the English top flight is “very difficult to turn down” for any player, first team regular or not.

On Sunday (14 May), sources told this sight that Brighton are trying to push through a deal for 16-year-old Hoops sensation Ronan Ferns.

The Seagulls are big admirers of the youngster and are keen to complete a deal for the Scot amid interest from other PL sides.

As relayed by footballscotland earlier this month (4 May), Crystal Palace were watching 17-year-old Mitchell Frame as he helped the Celts secure the Youth Cup trophy with a 6-5 win over Rangers.

When asked if there is a worry about English clubs poaching young Scottish talent, Hutton told Football Insider:It is a massive threat.

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We all know, whether you are a first team regular, a young boy, the draw of going down to the Premier League is something that is very difficult to turn down.

When you come through at Rangers and Celtic of course you want to play in the first team but it has happened so many times. It is very difficult to turn that away but as a fan you want to see them break into your own first team.

Celtic and Rangers have to win right now, they do not have time to bed in young players. It is a real shame but the draw is massive so I can understand why any young player would want to go down.

In other news, Celtic expected to accept £10m bid for winger.