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Celtic warned off from from teenage ‘target’

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Stevie Evans has claimed that Celtic are watching his teenage goalkeeper Joe Walsh.

The 17-year-old has played in three Football League Trophy matches for Gillingham but appears to be tipped for big things.

With Nicky Hammond in place as Head of Football Operations Celtic will have contacts across the English game but it seems unlikely that recruiting a young goalkeeper will be a priority.

Ross Doohan is a regular in the Scotland u-21 side and appears to be developing rapidly in his second season on loan at Ayr United while Conor Hazard had a recent spell of first team football at Dundee.

Irish kid Liam Hughes is pushing for a regular place in the Reserve side while England u-17 internationalist Tobi Oluwayemi was signed from Spurs in the summer.

Discussing Walsh The Sun reports:

Hoops fan Evans said: “Some of these big clubs will be looking and thinking, because of the homegrown rule as well, they need homegrown players. He is a big asset to us. We know the people that are coming, it’s not made up.

“Celtic have been here, Everton have been here, overseas clubs, a couple of German clubs saying they are looking at our young goalkeeper. But there is a difference between looking and being prepared to come back and buy someone.”

With Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon out of contract in June the goalkeeping position is one that needs to be considered but it’s difficult to imagine that a 17-year-old waiting on his Gillingham debut could be part of that solution.

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