Celtic make offer for Hajduk Split starlet

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Celtic’s season got off to the best possible start.

A 5-1 victory over Hamilton on Sunday afternoon saw Neil Lennon’s side shoot to the top of the Scottish Premiership table on the opening weekend.

It’s a position that they’ll be hoping to maintain for the duration of the campaign.

Securing the title this term would be huge for the Bhoys, as they target a landmark achievement of winning the league 10 times in a row.

However if they’re to last the pace in the coming years then they’ll need to recruit with the future in mind.

Neil Lennon is already trying to sign talented youngsters for his squad, and based on reports it seems that one more is being targeted.

That man is David Colina.

Reports from Index Sport claim that Celtic have made a £3million offer for the Hajduk Split youngster.

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However it’s claimed that the Croatian side could want up to £6million to sell their prized asset.

A left back by trade, the 20-year-old is extremely highly rated having been nominated for the European Golden Ball award for the continent’s top young talent.

Valued at £810,000 by Transfermarkt, Colina continues to attract plenty of attention, with Lokomotiv Moscow and a number of other clubs also said to be keen on a summer move.

The hope for Celtic is to find someone who can fill the left back void for years to come.

Kieran Tierney looked likely to be that man until he completed his big-money switch to Arsenal last summer.

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Since then a number of players have been linked.

One of those players is Hearts’ star Aaron Hickey.

The 18-year-old is thought to be in high demand after suffering relegation with the Edinburgh side, and given that he’s childhood Celtic fan it seems that a move could be possible.

However by looking at Colina the Bhoys appear to be scouring the market to ensure that they’re getting the best deal.

GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…

David Colina could be a very shrewd signing.

Regarded as one of the most promising young players on the continent, a deal for the Croatian could prove to be a wise long-term investment with his value likely to rise in the years to come.

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The 20-year-old wouldn’t be far off being capable of forcing his way into Neil Lennon’s side, and that means that the Bhoys could enjoy several years of service in Parkhead.

There could then be the opportunity to sell him on for a sizeable profit.

Aaron Hickey is a similar sort of project, and given his allegiance to Celtic it seems that he could be the less risky of the two options – especially when you factor in his experience of Scotland’s top flight.

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