Houston coach's comments are a warning for Celtic about Alberth Elis

Celtic fans show their support during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Scottish Premiership outfit Celtic are interested in signing MLS starlet and Houston Dynamo coach Alberth Elis, according to Emilio Izaguirre.

Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis (17) dons a panther mask after scoring a goal in the second half of the MLS match between the New York FC and Houston Dynamo on May 25, 2018 at BBVA...

It is not often a player breaks news about his club’s transfer plans.

But Emilio Izaguirre has done exactly that on Wednesday. Speaking to the Scottish Sun, the left-back has claimed that Celtic are interested in signing his fellow Honduran Alberth Elis, a highly-rated forward who plays in the MLS for Houston Dynamo.

“Celtic have asked me about a few players from Honduras,” said Izaguirre.

“They've asked me several times about Elis. Who knows? Maybe one day they will sign players from Honduras like me.”

 

Considering that Celtic have looked rather one-dimensional and short of cutting edge in recent months, signing a jet-heeled forward with an enviable goal-scoring record does not look like a bad idea at all.

In eight MLS games, Elis has contributed four goals and five assists in 2019, although he has a long way to go to beat last season’s tally of 11 and 12 respectively.

But, while the 23-year-old is certainly not short of talent or potential, he still has a lot to learn before he makes the move across the Atlantic. At least, that is according to his Houston Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera.

Honduran national football team player Alberth Elis takes part in a training session in Tegucigalpa, on November 13, 2018. - Honduras will face Panama and Chile in friendly matches on...

“I don’t know [what he can accomplish in 2019]," Cabrera told the MLS website. "That depends on his preparation, mentality, commitment and professionalism.

“If he does what he’s been doing, it’s going to be good. If he wants to go to Europe, not only does he have to repeat that, he has to improve. It’s on him.”

Celtic could be the perfect stepping stone for Elis if he wants to make his name in another continent, particularly given the club’s record for spotting and developing raw talents.

Alberth Elis #17 of Houston Dynamo paces the ball on the attack as Sebastian Lletget #17 of Los Angeles Galaxy keeps pace during the first half of their MLS match at StubHub Center on...

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