By Noel Whelan

6th Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

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Noel Whelan insists Celtic won’t sign Solihull Moors striker Kyle Hudlin just because of his remarkable height.

The former Leeds United hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest out of Parkhead.

On 3 September, this site revealed Celtic have set their sights on signing Hudlin, Britain’s tallest outfield player.

A recruitment source updated to Football Insider that Hoops scout Andy Thorne has watched Hudlin in action on a number of occasions.

The 6ft 9in forward is making a name for himself at the National League side since joining last year.

Hudlin, 21, joined Solihull in March 2020 after banging in 25 goals in 22 games for Sunday league side Boldmere Falcons.

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Whelan insists the player must have technical ability and claimed Celtic won’t just sign Hudlin for his height.

“He would be a different option,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Dylan Childs.

“But you have to be able to play football as well, otherwise you may as well go out and buy LeBron James.

“It’s one of those, you won’t just go after a player because of his height. He has to have that technical ability as well.

“He has to provide something for the club otherwise you may as well get James, stick him in a Celtic shirt and play him wherever you want to.

“That would probably sell a lot of shirts.”

On 16 August, The Athletic reported Manchester City had also sent scouts to watch Hudlin, along with Championship outfits Middlesbrough and Cardiff.

After an impressive campaign with Moors, Hudlin walked away with the club’s Young Player of the Year and Goal of the Year awards.

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