Celtic appear to have missed out on bringing Troy Parrott to Parkhead on loan, according to the Irish Independent.
The 18-year-old Irishman is one of the most highly rated youngsters to come through the Tottenham Hotspur academy in recent years.
Parrott has been prolific for Tottenham’s age group sides in recent years, and was handed his Spurs senior debut in the League Cup by Mauricio Pochettino last season, as well as extending his contract at the North London club.
To date, Parrott has four senior appearances for Tottenham – though Jose Mourinho resisted calls to give him more game time despite Spurs’ crisis up front earlier this year – and a cap for the Republic of Ireland.
He has earned plenty of praise in Britain and Ireland, including from current Republic manager Stephen Kenny, who called him a “brilliant young man” in wake of his second booking for the Irish Under-21s against Italy last October.
According to the Irish Independent, Celtic made a move to sign Parrott but the Dubliner turned it down, instead deciding on a switch to English Championship side Millwall, one of Harry Kane’s former loan clubs.
While it is disappointing to hear of the Hoops reportedly missing out on such a talent, it’s not all that bad – it’s worth remembering that Parrott has very little first-team experience at present, just 95 minutes’ worth.
Celtic have a huge campaign ahead of them, with football immortality beckoning in the shape of 10 In A Row, and Neil Lennon’s hardline stance over Leigh Griffiths earlier in pre-season was testament to how high standards are and how little room for error there is.
Celtic already have a young, raw forward in their setup – Patryk Klimala – and the Hoops will be hoping he comes good and contributes along with Odsonne Edouard and Griffiths, but having another raw player who is untested at senior level is a high risk.
With the Hoops having been linked with Ivan Toney and Albian Ajeti, plus prior reported interest in Lyndon Dykes, it would be better for them to stick with bringing in someone with significant senior experience and who can handle the pressure that awaits in 2020-21.