Date: 11th January 2017 at 11:45am
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Jackson Irvine is one of the most wanted players in the English Championship.

The former Celtic midfielder joined Burton from Ross County during the summer and immediately made a big impact.

Eight goals from 24 appearances has taken Irvine to the top of the Burton scoring chart and attracted interest from elsewhere.

Irvine made one substitute appearance for Celtic in 2012 but was allowed to leave in 2015 after loan spells at Kilmarnock and Ross County.

Celtic have never been short of midfield options but at 23, impressing in the Championship and breaking into international football the Burton man has the type of profile that fits in with Celtic’s transfer policy.

Discussing transfer speculation that has linked him to Swansea, Derby County and others the Burton Mail reports Irvine saying: “”It’s always tough when you hear these things and people speculate. You have to take it as a compliment – it’s a reward for your good form that there’s any sort of talk in the first place.

But at the same time, until it’s anything real or anything tangible, it just goes by me to be honest. I’m always fully focused on the problems and tasks that we have to deal with at the moment.

“The future will take care of itself depending on what happens in the next six months or further on than that. I’ve got my three-year contract at Burton and, until something happens that can alter that, you stay focused on the job at hand.”

Irvine joined Celtic in 2010 after getting invited to a trial while visiting relatives in Scotland.

After a brief spell at centre-half he was moved into midfield and hasn’t looked back, going on to pick up the man-of-the-match award as Ross County won the 2015/16 League Cup as well as international caps.