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Report: Celtic declare interest in Atletico Madrid gem Rodrigo Riquelme

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Report: Celtic declare interest in Atletico Madrid gem Rodrigo Riquelme

The Madrid-born sensation is subject of interest from the Hoops.

Celtic have made tentative enquiries to Atletico Madrid regarding the signing of Rodrigo Riquelme, according to reports in Spain, as per the Scottish Sun.

The Hoops have sent scouts over to the capital to watch the 20-year-old and could now make a move.

Riquelme excelled for Los Rojiblancos’ youth ranks last season but is stalling on a new deal.

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First-team boss Diego Simeone would dearly love to tie him to an extension, with a loan move likely if he can tempt him to stay.

Celtic, however, are hoping to get in their first and persuade the Spaniard that his future lies in Scotland with the Hoops.

The player who can operate on both flanks made his first-team debut in September, stepping off the bench in a 3-2 win over Eibar.


He is tipped for a bright future, scoring seven goals and registering six assists during last season with the youth team.

Celtic could be on the lookout for reinforcements out wide and Riquelme could suit the Hoops nicely.

The Madrid-born starlet actually caught the eye of the Old Firm during a game against Rangers in the UEFA Youth League.

Riquelme put the Teddy Bears to the sword with a majestic display of creativity, setting up three goals during a 4-0 victory.

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Riquelme is the sort of signing that will come with an air of intrigue, but one who could light up Celtic Park.

The youngster boasts an array of skill, loves to beat his man and can also weigh in with his fair share of goals.

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Celtic fans like to see their team attack with flair and Riquelme would bring that in abundance to the Scottish Premiership.

Lennon has been known to utilise the club’s younger players and the Spaniard could thrive under the legendary boss.

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