With a projected lack of money in football over the next few years it’s likely that transfer fees will start to reduce, and it means that producing youngsters will be more important than ever.
It’s always going to be cheaper to sign kids so the elite teams might stockpile youngsters even more, with the hope that a few become good enough to play senior football.
Celtic have some highly rated youngsters and they could be vulnerable to other European sides coming in, so this report from The Daily Record is encouraging.
They claim that highly rated youngster Daniel Kelly is attracting interest from Benfica and Liverpool, so Celtic have offered him a five year deal to tempt him to stay.
They do say the contract offer is a “bumper” one, although it’s really not clear what that means. Kelly is only 14 so he’s not going to be ready for first team football for a few years yet, but tying him down would send a positive message to the rest of the youngsters too.
There’s no indication that he’s agreed a deal with anyone yet, and we have no way of knowing how good he will be, but let’s hope he does sign the deal and stays at Celtic.