Premiership starlet linked with deadline day transfer to Celtic

Updated: Sep 25

Celtic head into deadline day still eager to complete business in a number of positions as Ange Postecoglou continues his rebuild.

With Odsonne Edouard (Crystal Palace), Ryan Christie (Bournemouth) and Leigh Griffiths (Dundee) all destined to leave the club today, reports from down south suggest it could be at the other end of the park that Celtic's next reinforcement does his best work.

Scotland U-21 international, Harrison Ashby, who currently plays for David Moyes' West Ham Utd, is said to have the option to join Celtic on loan before the window closes.

The young defender, who mostly operates at right-back, but can also cover at centre-half, has only made two senior appearances for the Hammers in the EFL Cup but has been in fine form for the development squads for the last couple of campaigns.

What type of player is he?

The 19-year-old fits the mould of every modern day full-back these days. It's highlighted that his best qualities include his pace, energy and positional sense and noted that he's renowned for his 'lung-busting runs up and down the right-hand flank'.

He is eligible to play for Scotland via Scottish Grandparents and has impressed current U-21 boss, Scott Gemmill who had the below to say about the defender recently after taking the spot of Aberdeen youngster Calvin Ramsay in his team:

Harrison Ashby... he’s a tremendous prospect who is really highly regarded at West Ham.

Will Harrison Ashby go to Celtic on loan?

How likely is this deal?

With the recent signing of experienced international Josip Juranovic and the good form of Anthony Ralston, I would be surprised to see Harrison Ashby announced at Celtic this window.

The main driver for him leaving on loan will be to get regular first team football which certainly wouldn't be guaranteed to him at Parkhead.

Whilst he may be one to keep an eye on for the future, I think Postecoglou will more likely be looking for an experienced and established centre-half before this current window closes.

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