Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett is reportedly set to imminently complete a move to Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, with the youngster to remain in Glasgow on loan for the duration of the season.
It has seemed for some time that Blackett would be afforded the opportunity to further his education away from Old Trafford this term, and Celtic have emerged as the leading contenders to acquire the 21-year-old.
Blackett was in Scotland on Saturday morning, as reported by various sources, to finalise the temporary transfer to Celtic Park with chances at Manchester United this campaign seemingly set to be limited.
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It was last season during Manchester United’s sustained injury crisis that Blackett, a relative unknown, was promoted from the under-21s and he went on to make 12 appearances for Louis van Gaal’s side.
But, with United now reasonably well stocked at centre-back and left-back, options would be more limited for Blackett and it is encouraging that he has been given a chance to impress elsewhere rather than drop back down into the youth ranks.
Should he, as expected, join Celtic with no issues, then Blackett will be the second defender to leave Manchester United in a matter days with Jonny Evans due to join West Brom for a price rising to £8 million.
Does this mean a marquee defensive player could now join before the deadline? Manchester United fans may be hoping so. But with Chris Smalling and Daley Blind striking up a frugal partnership, perhaps it is not required after all.
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