Celtic have reportedly made a bid of around £500,000 for Inverness Caledonian Thistle attacking midfielder Ryan Christie.
The 20-year-old was an integral part of the Highlander’s Scottish Cup win last year and helped John Hughes’ side to third place in the league.
Despite being linked with a number of clubs in the English Premier League last season – including Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Swansea and Sunderland – it looks as though Celtic are in pole position to sign the starlet.
Earlier this month, Hughes admitted that he could not afford to the lose the player and would fight for loan back clause in any transfer deal.
Hughes, at the time, said: “It was Liverpool last week, Swansea this week and I’ve no doubt it will be someone else next week. It’s no surprise to me – Ryan is a really talented footballer.
“I’m honest enough to tell you we need him in the team this year. I don’t want to put too much pressure on one so young, but he’s a real talent. His technical ability is fantastic and he’s getting better and stronger all the time. We cannot afford to lose him, but we would never stand in the kid’s way.
“I totally understand that, if he can go play in the English Premiership, he will want to. Brian Rice, my assistant manager, has worked down at Watford and Burnley and he said Ryan would step on to any English Premiership training ground and not look out of place.
“I’m quite sure that, if the money was good, then, as a club, we would want to sell him. But I think a crucial part of it would be that he would have to stay for another year here on loan.”
However, the question is would Celtic be interested in loaning the player back out or will he go straight into their first team squad?