Reported Celtic target Danny Mandroiu has been named Shamrock Rovers’ Player of the Year after firing the Hoops to another League of Ireland Premier Division title, via the club’s official Twitter feed.
As far as debut campaigns go, you’d be hard pressed to find one as impressive as Mandroiu’s at the Tallaght Stadium.
15 goals from attacking midfield – no one has scored that many in his first season as a Shamrock Rovers player in nearly a decade – and a handful of assists for good measure.
If Mandroiu’s appearance during Rovers’ Friday night’s 2-1 victory against Drogheda United was his 42nd and final in green-and-white, then he certainly signed off in style, an inch-perfect through ball to set up Graham Burke’s first of the game once again highlighting the Irishman’s match-changing potential.
“Everybody knew what Danny was as a player coming in,” former Aston Villa youngster Burke said a few weeks ago, via The Sun.
“You could see the quality he had at (former club Bohemians). He’s been brilliant for us. Long may that continue.”
Unfortunately for Burke, his partner-in-crime, the Bonnie to his Clyde, could soon be be pinging those defence-splitting passes over the top for Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada instead.
According to the Scottish Sun, Scottish Premiership giants Celtic are ‘confident’ about wrapping up a deal that will see Mandroiu become Ange Postecoglou’s first January signing.
And while Shamrock Rovers coach Stephen Bradley insisted last week that Celtic have made no offers thus far, that could soon change. Postecoglou wants some depth to pad out his rather thin squad and Mandroiu would ease the burden on the overworked Tom Rogic and David Turnbull.
With a 19th League of Ireland in the bag and a Player of the Year award sitting to boot, the 23-year-old’s time in Tallaght may have been short but very, very sweet indeed.