Report: Burnley fighting to keep Lewis Richardson amid Celtic interest

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic celebrates winning the Scottish Cup at the final whistle during the Scottish Cup Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on May 25,...

Celtic are reportedly interested in the 16-year-old striker, but face competition from one Bundesliga side.

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Watford at Turf Moor on December 9, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Burnley are hoping to convince 16-year-old striker Lewis Richardson to stay at Turf Moor, with The Sun (22/6; page 69) reporting that Celtic and RB Leipzig are monitoring the starlet.

Richardson is one of the most exciting talents currently coming through the Clarets' ranks. Despite only being born the day after a Bobo Balde brace helped the Hoops into the 2003 Scottish League Cup final, the teenager has already played for Burnley's under-23s.

 

He also scored five goals in one game for the under-18s in November. Unsurprisingly, he appears to be attracting plenty of attention this summer.

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The Sun (22/6; page 69) reports that Celtic are keen on Richardson, as are the Bundesliga outfit, leaving Burnley facing a battle to keep the forward.

Neil Lennon the manager of Celtic before the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Where could Richardson end up?

Richardson would be forgiven for finding it difficult to make a decision on his future if the two admirers do confirm their interest with a bid in the coming weeks. 

A general view of  Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Dwight McNeil has shown that the pathway is there at Turf Moor for young players to break into Sean Dyche's plans. Meanwhile, both Celtic and RB Leipzig can offer European football.

Several young players have been tempted by a move to Germany in recent times, while those who want the youngster to head to Parkhead may suggest that he looks at how Moussa Dembele's career has blossomed since he decided to snub interest from elsewhere and join the Bhoys. 

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