Aberdeen midfielder Leighton Clarkson has refused to be drawn on rumours that he could stay in Scotland next season.
Both Celtic and Rangers have been credited with an interest in the 21-year-old, who will return to parent club Liverpool when his loan deal expires at the end of this month. Clarkson says he has given every person the same answer when asked about his future:
“I’m going to be serious, I have not even thought about it. I have said to people who have asked me in the street and Barry [Robson, Aberdeen’s manager]. I just want to get the club into Europe and after that I can start seeing where my future lies.”
Clarkson has certainly had an impressive stint in Scottish football, scoring five goals and providing nine assists in 36 appearances for Aberdeen.
It is not surprising that Celtic scouts are keeping an eye on his development but it remains to be seen whether he is a genuine target for Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou.
Do Celtic need to sign Clarkson?
The Scottish champions are not exactly short of midfield options, with Matt O’Riley, Aaron Mooy, Callum McGregor, Reo Hatate, Tomoki Iwata and David Turnbull all competing for three spaces in the starting lineup.
However, if offers from Premier League clubs do arrive for the likes of O’Riley or even Hatate then the Hoops have to be ready with potential replacements. Postecoglou has spoken out to say that every player has their price so preparing contingency plans is a sensible course of action.