Celtic are set to announce the signing of Bosun Lawal after beating Premier League duo Chelsea and Norwich City to the Watford prospect, as reported by Herald Scotland.
We don’t want to cast aspersions but we can only assume there aren’t many Celtic fans who spend their Saturday mornings watching highlights of Watford’s latest U18 fixture.
Lawal, then, will arrive at Parkhead as something of an unknown quantity.
The teenage midfielder is expected to sign a three-year deal at Celtic after turning down a new contract at Watford, with an official unveiling potentially set to take place before the end of the week.
But if you are wondering what the Hoops can expect from a man who was named Watford’s Academy Player of the Year just a few weeks ago, allow Troy Deeney to explain.
Can Celtic sign their own Abdoulaye Doucoure in Bosun Lawal?
“He’s got a little bit of (Abdoulaye) Doucoure about him,” said the Hornets captain, comparing Lawal with a man who joined Everton for £30 million last summer.
“He can get past people effortlessly and keep striding – he has that big long stride. There’s not many young players that catch your eye and you think ‘he’s going to have a career’, but he certainly does that.”
Comfortable in possession and capable of turning defence into attack with a burst of acceleration, you can see why Celtic are so keen – especially with new manager Ange Postecoglou looking to bring a controlled, dominant style of football back to Parkhead after two years of so-called ‘Lennonball’.
The Herald adds that Norwich and Fulham were both ‘desperate’ to sign Lawal.
European Champions Chelsea tried in vain to hijack the deal too, although the Ireland youth star had already decided to continue his career north of the border.
It is understood that Celtic may have to pay just £120,000, taking advantage of a ruling which allows Scottish clubs to sign out-of-contract players from England for minimal compensation fees.