Celtic have reportedly joined the race for defender Jarrad Branthwaite from League Two outfit Carlisle United.
According to the Scottish Sun, the Bhoys are interested in the highly-rated 17-year-old and are monitoring his progress.
It is understood that a January swoop could be on the cards, while Celtic’s director of football Nick Hammond went to watch him in action in November.
The report details that he’s valued around £1million and that Old Firm rivals Rangers are also keen.
The Sun reported in its print edition (Page 67, 1 December) that Rangers were keen on signing the Carlisle teenager, but would face competition from Premier League duo Newcastle United and Southampton.
Branthwaite is an upcoming talent in English football being tipped for big things and it’s positive to see Celtic throwing their name into the hat for him.
He’s a powerhouse defender that already looks a specimen at his young age and is mixing it in tough League Two conditions.
The centre-back has broken into the Carlisle side to play the last six consecutive league games and his reputation appears to be increasing.
Lennon has shown that he’s willing to give young talents a chance at Parkhead and it will be interesting to see if Celtic believe Branthwaite can make the step up with them in the near future.