Celtic have been keeping an eye on St Patrick’s Athletic defender Sam Curtis, according to 90min.com.
The website claims that the Hoops have “scouted” the 17-year-old “recently” as they weigh up a move for the right-back ahead of the January transfer window.
Curtis has been a regular starter for St Patrick’s this season, having made 39 appearances for the League of Ireland club in all competitions, including 2 games in the UEFA Conference League.
The teenager was included in the League of Ireland’s Team of the Year and he has also been nominated for the Young Player of the Year.
At international level, Curtis has already moved up to Ireland’s Under 21s, having made his debut against Iceland in a friendly back in March.
Curtis has attracted a lot of attention from England
Inevitably, the fullback’s performances for St Patrick’s have also been noticed by clubs in the English Premier League and Championship.
90min.com report that the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Hull City are interested in Curtis.
St Patrick’s are prepared to sell the defender in the New Year
It does look like there will be a scramble for Curtis’s signature as soon as the transfer window reopens, with St Patrick’s having accepted they won’t be able to keep hold of him for much longer.
At the moment, you wouldn’t make Celtic one of the favourites to secure the Irishman’s services. Manager Brendan Rodgers would probably have to give certain guarantees about first-team football to stop him from joining a Premier League club who can offer much higher wages.
Even so, the fact that Curtis is on the Scottish champions’ radar suggests that they remain keen on recruiting promising young talent.