“Rodgers’ continued focus on youth” – Celtic compete with Chelsea for highly-rated teen

As reported by The Daily Mail, Celtic are looking at the possibility of signing Republic of Ireland youth international Elvis Azah.

Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers‘ willingness giving first-team football to teens has been a massive highlight for fans over the last season-and-a-half and it seems the club are vying for another top signing of another highly-rated talent.

According to Daily Mail, the tabloid report that Celtic are looking to complete a deal for 16-year-old Elvis Azah after the winger impressed in a trial match with the club youth team last week, netting and creating assist against a Partick Thistle side.

However, competition for Azha’s signature has hit up with the likes of Chelsea, Southampton and Brighton all showing interest in the youngster, according to the tabloid.

Having represented the Republic of Ireland at U15 and U16 age groups, the Ghanaian born forward appears to be the lookout for a club that can guarantee adequate long-term first-team chances towards making it as a professional.

Azha’s previously had trials moment with Manchester United and Everton, though neither PL side could sign him due to the face that he didn’t have Irish citizenship at the time.

The citizenship issue has since been sorted and, now living in London, the attacker is attracting attention from host of top sides participating in academy showcases.

Celtic have shown huge skill in developing young talent in recent years and Rodgers has found great success in this approach relying on players like Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele. Continuing to focus on that will only continue to serve the club well in the coming years, both with Rodgers at the club and beyond.

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Kazeem Olawale, 24-year old sports writer. An avid Arsenal and Real Madrid fans. If not here, always making round on his banter Arsenal blog, www.goonerrepublic.com