Celtic are considering making a move for Brighton & Hove Albion striker Aaron Connolly, according to The Scottish Sun.
The 18-year-old Republic of Ireland youth international has been in exceptional form for Brighton’s U23s side this season, say the paper, triggering interest from not only Celtic but clubs such as Man United, Man City and Hoffenheim.
The report states that he is in a discussion to sign a long-term deal at Brighton, but can the Hoops make an audacious bid to bring him to Scotland and potentially more first-team exposure?
Connolly has scored 16 goals for Brighton’s youth team this term already, which according to Transfermarkt means he has netted once every 76 minutes on average.
That’s a devastating return at any level so it’s not a surprise to hear of Celtic’s interest.
Brendan Rodgers is on the search for a striker or two in January, with Odsonne Edouard the only recognised forward currently available after the departure of Moussa Dembele and absence of Leigh Griffiths.
Fans would likely prefer to see an experienced striker come in rather than an unproven talent, but are Celtic seeing something special in Connolly?