| 20.1°C Dublin

Celtic join hunt for Kavanagh, 16, son of Graham

Close

Calum Kavanagh of Republic of Ireland. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Calum Kavanagh of Republic of Ireland. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

SPORTSFILE

Calum Kavanagh of Republic of Ireland. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Celtic have become the latest club to show an interest in Ireland youth cap Calum Kavanagh.

The 16-year-old, currently on the books of Championship strugglers Middlesbrough, was born in the north-east of England but declared for Ireland as his dad, Graham, is a former international, winning 16 caps between 1999 and 2006.

Boro are keen to retain the highly rated striker who was a frequent goalscorer for their academy side, before football in England was shut down last month and have reportedly offered him a three-year professional contract.

But Premier League sides are also chasing the teenager. Chelsea and Arsenal were the first to express an interest, with Leicester City and Newcastle United also keen but local reports claim that SPL champions Celtic are now trying to lure Kavanagh to Scotland.

The Bhoys have earmarked young English-based talent with a view to blooding them in the first team, like last year's purchase from Bolton, Luca Connell, the midfielder who was called up to the senior Ireland squad at 17, though Connell has yet to play for Celtic's first team.

Kavanagh made his first appearance in green in a 2-0 win for the U-15s against Cyprus at Oriel Park in 2018 and he scored on his competitive debut, a 6-0 win over Andorra in an U-17 Euro qualifier.