Reported Celtic target Lars Dendoncker has made a decision on his future, according to Het Laaste Nieuws – and it doesn’t appear to be good news for Neil Lennon’s Hoops.
The 19-year-old central defender came through the ranks at Club Brugge but is now a free agent after the expiry of his contract.
According to HLN, Celtic were interested in Dendoncker – brother of Belgium international Leander – as well as Wolves, the club where the older Dendoncker plies his trade.
Several Dutch clubs were also said to be eyeing the 6ft 2in teenager, but it appears that all have missed out, with English Premier League side Brighton emerging triumphant.
HLN claims Dendoncker has penned a two-year deal on the English south coast, with an additional one year option, and will link up with the club’s Under-23s to begin with.
Dendoncker is a young, versatile talent with a lot of potential, but he is far from the finished product.
He left Brugge without making a first-team appearance, so while he would’ve been a good addition to the Celtic academy, he wouldn’t have been first-team ready for a while.