By Pete O'Rourke

6th Jan, 2020 | 1:33pm

Sources: Forward to sign for Celtic within next 48 hours after contract agreed

Celtic have beaten off stiff competition from Leicester City and leading Premier League clubs to agree to sign rising star Bruno Davidson, Football Insider understands.

The Hoops feared they would miss out on the 15-year-old forward after he headed to Leicester for a trial in November.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club have now stolen a march on a number of English big guns to agree terms with Davidson.

He is set to quit Edinburgh boys’ side Hutchison Vale and put pen to paper on a three-year professional contract with the Hoops within the next 48 hours.

Davidson does not turn 16 until April, but Scottish clubs are able to sign up teenagers on pro terms earlier than teams south of the border, where they cannot do so until they are 17.

Football Insider revealed back in October that Celtic had tabled a contract offer to the teenage star.

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The versatile attacker has attracted interest from Liverpool, Newcastle United and Southampton as well as Leicester.

It is a major boost for Celtic, who lost out in their bid to sign West Ham midfielder Conor Coventry last week.

They have taken advantage of their geographical position and prestigious status to sign a youngster who can play in any of the attacking positions behind the main centre-forward, including on both flanks and in a central playmaker role.

The Scottish champions have sealed a series of signings of teenage stars over the last few windows.

The most notable of these have been dynamic right-back Jeremie Frimpong from Manchester City, and centre-forward Jonathan Afolabi from Southampton.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club have tabled an offer for a Premier League midfielder.