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Ex-Arsenal & Tottenham trainee on Celtic radar

Lennon has been impressed by Blackman. (©GettyImages)
Lennon has been impressed by Blackman. (©GettyImages).

Ex-Arsenal and Tottenham trainee Andre Blackman is looking to earn a deal at Celtic reports skysports.com.

The 20-year-old is a free agent after being released by League Two side AFC Wimbledon, and has been given a two-week opportunity to impress in Scotland.

Bhoys boss Neil Lennon has already been impressed by what he has seen from Blackman in his brief spell at Parkhead, despite the player failing to make the grade at either Tottenham or Arsenal.

"He's a kid who was recommended to us by a friend who runs an Academy for players who are out of contract or have had issues in their life," Lennon said in the Daily Record.

Blackman, who can operate in either defence or midfield was deemed surplus to requirements by both Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and Spurs chief Harry Redknapp, but has now set his sights on a move to Celtic Park.

After catching the eye for Celtic in a friendly fixture against Rangers on Monday, Blackman will given more time to show what he can do, as Lennon considers offering him a permanent deal.

"Andre told me that was his first game for a year," he continued. "He picked up an injury, but he did very well and we're going to keep him here for a couple of weeks.

"He's only 20, but I like the cut of him and we'll see how he gets on in the next week. I liked what I saw."

As the Emirates Stadium and White Hart Lane doors close on this promising youngster, another one opens with Celtic the latest club considering a gamble on the talented starlet.

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