John Hartson has claimed he would love to see Celtic sign Manchester City prodigy Phil Foden on loan.
The Bhoys loaned Patrick Roberts from the English champions to great success in the past and there is a wave of talented young players at the Etihad Stadium.
Foden is a rising star that is an England Under-21 international and most people are convinced he will be with the senior squad in the near future.
The central midfielder is an attack-minded player that loves to push forward, where he can pick a pass and also chip in with goals.
He is a left-footed playmaker that has come through the ranks in Manchester and has immense potential to become an elite player.
But he’s struggled for minutes in Pep Guardiola’s side this campaign due to the talent in the squad and has made just four appearances, earning a start in only one of them.
Pundit Hartson has praised the talent of rising star Foden and would love to see him play for his former side Celtic.
“Listen, I would pay Guardiola myself to get Foden on loan at Celtic. What a coup that would be for Celtic!” Hartson told Football FanCast.
“Foden would be fantastic for the fans to watch. He’s one of the best young players out their right now. I listened to Guardiola’s comments at the start of the season and he said that he will give Foden much more game time this season.
“But you look at that midfield and it’s difficult for him. Even the fact he’s in the mix and to be in and out of that side is an achievement.”
Foden would be starting for the majority of teams in the Premier League given his quality, so even if he did become available on loan Celtic would have a sizeable task to get him.
The 19-year-old is mature beyond his years and looks a threat whenever he plays in the Manchester City first-team, but unfortunately he’s competing for a spot alongside the likes of David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.
Guardiola continuously goes on record to praise the teenager and keeps him around the senior squad, so it seems a long shot that he would be allowed to depart the Etihad Stadium on loan.
It would be an incredible coup for Celtic to welcome him through the Parkhead doors, but it only looks a distant dream right now.