Why Europe's most wanted should snub Liverpool... for Celtic

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Why Valmir Berisha should reject advances of Premier League clubs Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal and choose Celtic.

Valmir Berisha is the most wanted youngster in Europe, after his heroics at the under-17 World Cup last month saw him land the coveted Golden Boot.

He netted seven in seven games, including a litany of spectacular goals which have seen him dubbed the 'next Zlatan'.

There are countless clubs chasing him, with recent reports in The Mirror claiming Liverpool are in pole position.

24 hours earlier SkySports listed several clubs also chasing his signature: Sunderland, Tottenham, Celtic, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Villareal, Sevilla, Inter Milan and Juventus.

Quite a choice for the teenager, but there is one club which stands out as being the right club for him at this point in time and that is Celtic.

Berisha has been clear that he wants to move to a club where he has a realistic shot of playing in the first team, but it must be remembered he is still 17-years-old.

Even so, he will have a better chance of doing so at SPL side Celtic, rather than joining a top side in La Liga, Serie A or the Premier League.

Liverpool are not a side desperately in need of a teenage strike prospect, they already have two of the best forwards in the league in Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez and summer signing Iago Aspas is struggling to get a look in. It's hard to see Berisha slotting straight in.

He would likely face a similar scenario to prolific German under-19 striker Samed Yesil who signed in 2012, who could not get past the under-21 squad before suffering a bad injury he has only just returned from.

Hero of the previous under-17 World Cup, Souleymane Coulibaly - who bagged nine goals in four games for the Ivory Coast, signed with Tottenham Hotspur, and has not had a sniff of first team action since joining.

At Celtic, Berisha could likely progress to the first team slightly quicker - and also have a near certain chance of Champions League participation next season.

He would be looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow Swede, Henrik Larsson, a Celtic hero who would be able to provide him with the very best advice about how to settle and get acclimatised to the club and league.

Berisha could still progress after a few seasons, just as Victor Wanyama has since moved onto the English Premier League with Southampton, where he is a better player having established himself and honed his talents.

Celtic is a far less risky option for the Swede, who simply needs to play competitive football at this stage of his career. Making too big a jump too soon could be a decision he comes to regret.

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