Celtic are aiming to blow Rangers away as they reignite their interest Bolton Wanderers forward Ronan Darcy, Football Insider understands.
The Hoops made enquiries about the 18-year-old in the summer but he stayed put at the League One club after being fast-tracked into the first team.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider the club are still monitoring Darcy’s situation and they are interested in taking advantage of cross-border rules to sign him for a nominal compensation fee.
This comes after Football Insider revealed this week that Rangers are keeping tabs on the rising star as they assess top talents from south of the border.
Cross-border rules means Scottish clubs are able to sign players from England for a fraction of the amount in compensation that clubs south of the border need to pay.
Celtic were first on the trail of Darcy following his impressive performances for Bolton’s Under-18s in the FA Youth Cup this season.
The Wanderers youth product made his senior debut on the final day of last season, coming off the bench in a 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
He has added eight further appearances in all competitions for the League One club this term – six of those coming in League One.
He scored his first senior goal in a 5-2 defeat at Rochdale in the League Cup in mid-August but has featured less often since they emerged from their financial crisis to sign nine players on deadline day last month.
Ormskirk-born Darcy previously had a youth loan spell at non-League side Skelmersdale United.
There are plenty of Premier League and English Championship clubs ready to rival Rangers and Celtic for the teenage striker.