Celtic are used to losing their star players on a yearly basis. And, if reports are to be believed, centre-back duo Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko could be the latest to swap Parkhead for the Premier League.
However, at least Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers can take solace in knowing that his defence appears to be in good hands for the long-term with arguably the nation’s best young centre-back waiting in the wings for an opportunity.
19-year-old Jamie McCart, son of the club’s academy chief Chris, has only made one senior appearance for the Celtic first-team – September’s Scottish Cup battering of Motherwell.
However, thanks to an inspired loan spell at Inverness from January, McCart has offered a tantalising glimpse into his remarkable potential. He’s got nine Scottish Premiership games under his belt and it’s fair to say he’s impressed Caley Thistle boss Richie Foran.
“That amounts to a big jump in the standard of football he’s been playing, but he has adapted superbly. Now he’s got his international call-up and it’s well deserved.
“He has been a great addition to the squad and we’re all really pleased for him.”
Clearly, McCart has the quality to step up next season, having proven himself in the top flight. As such, perhaps Celtic should not be too disappointed about missing out on Manchester City prodigy Tosin Adarabioyo.
The 19-year-old had been targeted by Celtic with his contract running down at The Etihad but, according to Goal, one of England’s most exciting defensive talents is now likely to commit his future to Pep Guardiola’s side.
Therefore, McCart’s rapid progression couldn’t be better timed.