Daniel Kelly set to sign four year contract extension at Celtic

Celtic are closing in on an agreement with Celtic’s breakthrough midfielder Daniel Kelly. Anthony Joseph from Sky Sports is reporting this morning that the deal is close and the new contract will be for four years.

Stuart Knight of Buckie Thistle saves from Rocco Vata of Celtic during the the Celtic v Buckie Thistle – Scottish Cup match at Celtic Park on January 21, 2024 . (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 18 year old came off the bench against Buckie Thistle in the Scottish Cup in January and replaced Callum McGregor at the interval in the recent match against Dundee at Celtic Park, where he scored his first senior goal for the club.

28th February 2024 Celtic Park, Scottish Premiership Football, Celtic versus Dundee Daniel Kelly shoots and scores for 7-0 in the 63rd minute Photo ActionPlus David Young

Daniel Kelly has been an outstanding performer for both the Celtic U18s and the Celtic B Team and alongside Rocco Vata are two of the Academy stars earmarked for first team status under Brendan Rodgers. The manager believes that it is vitally important for Celtic to develop our own players, in the Celtic tradition, and to do that a pathway to the first team must be available to the aspiring stars in the Celtic Academy at all levels.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 21: Daniel Kelly of Celtic is seen during the the Celtic v Buckie Thistle – Scottish Cup match at Celtic Park on January 21, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Getting Daniel Kelly signed up will be brilliant news that will be made even better by the long discussed deal with Rocco Vata being finalised. Both players are not short of options, Kelly as admirers in Germany and Vata has had numerous Italian clubs chasing his signature, but both boys want to play for Celtic.

That’s where the viable pathway comes in. If it’s not there what is the point in developing players?

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