Motherwell’s Lennon Miller has been one of Scottish football’s surprise packages this season. Miller, who is just 17, is the son of former Aberdeen star Lee Miller and he could represent Celtic’s next top investment. A product of Motherwell’s Youth Academy, the midfielder will have caught the attention of a number of teams – both domestically and further afield.
Miller has benefited from the arrival of Stuart Kettlewell, who promoted youth and has reaped the rewards. Kettlewell will, of course, realise that he has a real talent on his hands and the management of this asset could allow for further progression through the ranks.
Much has been made of Jude Bellingham and his breakthrough at Birmingham City and, not for a second, am I comparing Miller to Bellingham just yet but the fact that he is able to play with the maturity that belies his years is noticeable. Celtic should, as the country’s biggest and best club, be looking at Miller’s progress with a keen interest.
There will be, however, a degree of resistance from Motherwell as was the case with David Turnbull. The Fir Park club will want the best price for the player and will see that as being an auction in England. There is also the David Turnbull example that might dissuade Miller from the opportunity to play at Celtic, given that Turnbull is on the periphery of the first team.
With Matt O’Riley, 22, currently in a fine run of form, he will likely be the next to attract English interest – along with Reo Hatate. The reality of football is that Celtic cannot compete with the finances of English football and in order to continue the success on and off the pitch, the club must find gems. From the early signs, Miller is one of those gems.