On Thursday, it was confirmed on the Brighton and Hove Albion official website that the Seagulls had signed Real Madrid prospect Jack Harper on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 19-year-old, who is regarded as one of Scotland’s best up-and-coming prospects, was lauded by Brighton boss Chris Hughton after signing, focusing purely on the player's potential.
‘’There is no doubting his pedigree,’’ said Chris Hughton, as quoted by the BBC. ‘’He has a lot of potential, is a skillful type with a good eye for goal, and can operate as a striker or playing just off a striker.
‘’We hope we can give him the platform to realize his undoubted potential. Jack’s next step is to move up to senior football.’’
Should Celtic have made a move for Harper?
Celtic are short of strikers at the minute,and players with Harper’s potential very rarely become available - nevermind Scottish players with Harper’s potential.
Although he hasn’t proven anything yet, Harper was held in high esteem at Real Madrid and the management change seems to have made him available for a move.
He wouldn’t have been a first-choice pick from day one, but Harper could have been a player that Celtic developed into their own and Scotland’s first choice striker for years to come.
The Glasgow-based club have lacked an iconic forward since the departure of Henrik Larsson and the Scotland youth international could have been certainly been developed into that type of character for the Bhoys.
It could have been the perfect project for Ronny Deila to show his coaching and man-management skills by developing what could have been a fan-favourite from day one.
Time will tell if the Bhoys have made a mistake not moving to sign the young forward, who was described by the Daily Mail as the Scottish Robin van Persie, but it was a deal they definitely should have looked at.