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The irony will not have been lost on Barcelona fans when Takefusa Kubo wriggled through the Real Madrid defence with a shimmy, a swerve and a shake on Wednesday night.

Because a player labelled the new Lionel Messi ever since he brought his mesmeric skills to La Masia in 2011 is finally starting to live up to comparisons with the most talented footballer of all time on a La Liga stage.

But any hopes Barca had of making Kubo the new King of Catalonia went up in smoke five years ago.

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After FIFA regulations forced the Spanish giants to send the Asian sensation back to Japan in 2015, Kubo would rub salt into the wounds by joining Barcelona’s arch rivals Real Madrid when returning to La Liga last summer.

And, who knows, perhaps a short spell at Celtic could put this 19-year-old wonderkid on the pathway to becoming the Bernabau’s answer to Messi.

AS claims that the champions of Scotland would love to offer Kubo the chance to hone his already dazzling technique in Glasgow after a year full of promise out on loan at Real Mallorca.

And if Kubo scythes through Ross County and co like he did against parent club Real Madrid in midweek, Celtic could perhaps have the most talented footballer in the country on their hands.

In other news, Report: Crystal Palace only willing to pay £2m for target, despite his £6m valuation