Date: 21st February 2018 at 1:36pm
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By Richard Parks

Celtic fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight after the club signed goalkeeper Liam Hughes from Irish top-flight club Dungannon Swifts.

The Scottish giants revealed on their official academy Twitter account on Tuesday night that they have snapped up the shot-stopper, 16, from the Northern Ireland Premiership outfit.

Teenager Hughes only joined Dungannon last summer but has made such rapid progress that terms have been agreed for him to join the Scottish champions and link up with their academy.

Celtic fans have taken to social media to hail the arrival of young keeper Hughes, who arrives in Glasgow with a blossoming reputation after his precocious development.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

The youngster has already played in the first team of Dungannon Swifts, who are eighth in the Northern Ireland Premiership, and has also represented Northern Ireland at Under-17 level.

Hughes will be hoping to follow the progress of fellow Irishman Conor Hazard, who has been Celtic’s third choice keeper and is currently out on loan at Falkirk.

Hazard joined Celtic from Cliftonville in 2014 and has worked his way through the ranks to the point where he signed a four-year contract last September.

Football Insider verdict:

Celtic have a long history of making full use of the Irish market and luring top talents across the water. They will hope that highly rated Hughes can make the same progress as Hazard, who has come on in leaps and bounds since joining four years ago. It will not have escaped the notice of either keeper that there is a long-term vacancy in the Celtic first team, too, with Craig Gordon and Dorus De Vries both at the veteran stages of their careers.

In other Celtic transfer news, the plug has been pulled at the last minute on the Hoops loaning a left-sided player.

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