By Danny Wright
Nigerian teenager Stephen Odey has been invited to have a medical at Celtic, according to a report.
All Nigeria Soccer claims that the 19-year-old will travel to Glasgow to undergo a ‘medical evaluation’ as part of a trial.
The MFM FC goal machine is currently top of the scoring charts in the Nigeria Professional Football League having found the net 14 times for his club.
All Nigeria Soccer report that Celtic will offer a contract to Odey if he impresses them in his time in Scotland.
However the Bhoys’ pursuit of Odey will not be easy as Scandinavian giants AIK Stockholm and FC Copenhagen are also keeping tabs on the striker.
Allnigeriasoccer.com also claims that a Copenhagen scout has been in contact with the players’ representatives ahead of a summer move.
Odey is currently being considered for a debut call-up to the Nigerian national team ahead of their African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in June.
He isn’t the only young Nigerian attacker being linked with a move to Parkhead, with Belgian league hot-shot Henry Onyekuru being subjected to offers from Celtic.
However that deal could now be dead in the water after the Sun on Sunday reported that Everton have moved ahead in the race to capture his signature.
Football Insider Verdict
Celtic have to approach this deal with a lot of caution because signing a young player directly from the Nigerian league could represent a huge risk. The leagues in Africa pale in comparison to that of Europe and Opey might struggle to adapt to life with the Glasgow giants. Celtic definitely need attacking reinforcements in the summer if they wish to make any sort of impact in the Champions League. Moussa Dembele has been constantly linked with a move away from the Bhoys so a replacement might be in order. However it’s unlikely that Opey will be able to make an instant jump into the first-team.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that this goal machine will leave the club in the summer.