COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Celtic should cast their eyes to the future when conducting their summer recruitment in the next few months and Lukas Nmecha must be high on their target list.
The 18-year-old striker is currently tearing it up in the Manchester City academy with a stunning return of 18 goals from 26 youth appearances alone this campaign.
However, with the cash-rich side favouring proven players over given youngsters a chance they have allowed Nmecha to enter the final months of his contract, which is set to expire in June.
But, this could all be to Celtic’s gain and here, Football Insider identified three reason why Brendan Rodgers should swoop for the soon-to-be-available goal machine.
Celtic have a very good record of bringing in young talent and then nurturing it before then selling the player for a huge profit.
This has seen the likes of Victor Wanyama, Virgil van Dijk, Fraser Forster and even Gary Hooper pocket the Hoops millions in recent years and Nmecha could certainly fall alongside these names in the future.
Strikers are always sold for a lot more than defensive players and if the teenager takes his fine scoring record into senior football he could be worth millions, continuing Celtic’s methods.
Understudy to Dembele
Given the talents of senior star Moussa Dembele Celtic are unlikely to be able to sign a striker in the summer of a similar ability without being able to offer them regular first team football due to the Frenchman.
This means Rodgers may have to cast his eye at a younger up and coming player who won’t cause a fuss from being put on the bench and will be happy to learn behind Dembele.
Now, Nmecha could quite possibly be the understudy to Dembele in the next campaign and even be the readied replacement for when the 20-year-old leaves for pastures new in the future.
Celtic and Manchester City have built up a nice relationship in recent times, which is no doubt down to father and son Peter and Mark Lawell working for the two respective clubs.
Over the years Jason Denayer, Dedryck Boyata and Patrick Roberts have all made the switch to Celtic Park on loan or permanently and each of the trio have proven successful.
Now, Nmecha could be the next one to join the list of players to have made the switch north of the border from City and Celtic could use the link to their advantage in obtaining the hot striker prospect.
In other Celtic transfer news, here are three other players out of contract in the summer that could help the Hoops progress in Europe.