Celtic will attempt to sign Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi on loan in January, according to a report in the People.
The Japanese winger is expected to be named on the bench for Arsenal’s Carling Cup tie against Shrewsbury tonight, and will hope to push for a first team place in the Premier League in the future.
However, should Miyaichi fail to make the breakthrough this winter – and lest we forget, he is only 18 – he could continue his development for the second half of the season at Parkhead.
In the recent Old Firm derby Neil Lennon found himself with a huge number of forwards on the pitch but little in terms of a supply line.
Should he face Rangers, the teenage winger could find himself up against fellow Arsenal loanee Kyle Bartley, who is at Ibrox for the season.
However, having played in the Dutch Eredivisie with Feyenoord last season, there is an argument that a Celtic move would be a backwards step.
After all, UEFA consider the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to be the 15th best league in Europe behind the 9th placed Eredivisie.
Next season the SPL will drop to 17th in the UEFA coefficient rankings, just below the top division in Cyprus.
However, its style of football is certainly British, and if Celtic are still in the UEFA Europa League, Miyaichi could receive valuable European experience.