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Celtic Set To Rival Chelsea And Arsenal For Middlesbrough Starlet: A Move To Parkhead On The Cards?

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Pratyay Maitra
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Celtic, one of the most iconic clubs in world football, have lost pace in Europe of late due to financial limitations and budget constraints. But they still have maintained their supremacy domestically and are regarded as a ‘talent pool’ for scouting and nurturing the youth with utmost care.

They gave identity to many renowned names who ruled the game for years, and the Scottish side are currently after 16-year-old Middlesbrough sensation Calum Kavanagh who has all the traits to emerge as a next-gen superstar. The Hoops are set to rival Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal to secure his services (as reported by Herald.ie).

What Should Be The Next Move For The Teenager

The Irish youth star is the son of former Republic of Ireland international Graham Kavanagh who was a familiar face in the divisions of England during his playing regime. Calum must be aiming towards following his father’s footsteps in making it big in the forthcoming future but, at the same time, he should choose the options wisely to continue his progress through the academy ranks.

While the interest from the English heavyweights must be fascinating for the teenager, a move to Parkhead would offer him a quicker pathway to senior football. Boro are willing to provide him with a professional contract with a view at tying him down for years to come. However, the player is keen on a short-term deal and part ways in due time to experience the game elsewhere.

Why Celtic Would Be The Ideal Destination?

Meanwhile, Celtic have roped in an array of teenage prospects like Luca Connell, Jonathan Afolabi, Jeremie Frimpong and Armstrong Okoflex from England. Frimpong has grabbed a starting role already under Neil Lennon and made an immense impression with his tireless marauding runs from the right-hand flank.

Kavanagh has fired in six times this season in 13 Premier League 2 appearances – something that is quite astounding considering his age and experience. He has clocked a goal in every 89 minutes (stats via Transfermarket), and the numbers would only improve if the attacker continues to work hard as well as stay disciplined to flourish further.

Although there won’t be any first-team involvement instantly, a man of Lennon’s stature would not hesitate in promoting him if the progression is noteworthy. The emergence of Karamoko Dembele speaks about the manager’s vision and philosophy, but it is up to Kavanagh now whether he wishes to ply his trade north rejecting a Premier League transfer.

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