Burnley and Leeds among clubs tracking Celtic defender Josh Kerr

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HITC Sport understands a number of English clubs are tracking Celtic youngster Kerr.

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A number of Premier League and Championship clubs are eyeing a move for highly-rated Celtic youngster Josh Kerr, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

The 19-year-old, who joined Celtic from Hamilton in 2013, has been a regular in Celtic's youth sides since his arrival at Parkhead and he was handed a three-year professional deal in 2014 after impressing for the Bhoys.

Kerr, who can play at right-back and centre-back, helped Celtic win the Scottish Youth Cup with victory over Rangers at Hampden Park on Wednesday night and a number of clubs in England and Scotland have been monitoring his situation at Celtic.

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Kerr is out of contract at Celtic this summer and Celtic are ready to offer him a new deal to keep him in Glasgow.

However, they could face a battle to keep hold of the talented defender with the several sides ready to move for Kerr on a free transfer.

Premier League duo Leicester City and Burnley along with Championship pair Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers are considering moves to bring Kerr south of the border, while Hearts and Falkirk are admirers of the defender and are ready to move for him if he becomes available.

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