Celtic have been linked with a loan move for one of the best young talents in Europe and there are plenty of reasons why it might just happen.
The Norwegian teenager is one of the hottest young prospects in the game. But having moved to Real in January he is going to have to bide his time before becoming a first-team regular at the Bernabeu as he had done at former club Stromsgodset.
The report claims Celtic could be the club to benefit from the player’s talent in the short term, if Real are happy to bid him a temporary farewell next summer.
In light of the recent reports, here are three reasons why the move makes sense and could happen:
Ronny Deila’s influence
Celtic manager Ronny Deila knows Odegaard well from his time as manager of Stromsgodset.
The Bhoys boss led his former club to a famous league title and he also gave Odegaard his senior debut when he was just 14.
That was the catalyst for a campaign that saw him blossom and there is no doubt Deila’s relationship with Odegaard could help a move.
Celtic’s place in Europe and standing in the game
Celtic are a big club with a big reputation and Real will know Odegaard will be in safe hands if he does move to Scotland.
The pressure is always on when Celtic are playing and that would allow the Norwegian to experience the expectation of featuring regularly at a club challenging for league titles and domestic cups.
Celtic’s presence in the Champions League will also be an undeniable selling point, both for the player and his parent-club.
Stefan Johansen’s presence
One of Celtic’s key men this season knows Odegaard well as he was at Stromsgodset when the youngster was coming through the ranks.
His place in the squad and position in the side could allow the Real youngster to fit in with relative ease and it would certainly not be a bad thing having one of his countrymen on hand to support him both on and off the field.