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CELTIC EYE ENGLISH RAID

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CELTIC are poised to stage an action replay of last summer’s raid on the best of the English teenage market.

Neil Lennon’s side brought in Jeremie Frimpong (Manchester City), Lee O’Conner (Manchester United) and Jonathan Afolabi (Southampton) in cross-border deals during the August transfer window.

Now the Hoops have set their sights on a trio of Everton’s academy stars, midfielder Anthony Gordon and defenders Morgan Feeney and Lewis Gibson, according to a report in The Athletic.

The eight-in-a-row champions have had scouts at most of the Goodison outfit’s Under-18s and Under-23s games this season and apparently they have been impressed by the youngsters.

The report insists the Parkhead men were interested in taking Gordon on loan in January, but the Merseyside outfit knocked back their request.

Gordon, Feeney and Gibson will remain on the Bhoys’ radar when the season resumes following the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Attacking right-back Frimpong, whose transfer fee will rise to £1million with add-ons, has hit the ground running in his Hoops career after making his debut in the 5-0 Betfred League Cup victory over Partick Thistle in September and won his first medal in the 1-0 triumph over Steven Gerrard’s side in the tournament at Hampden in December.

Defender O’Conner, who made his Republic of Ireland international debut in November, joined Championship side Partick Thistle on loan in January and striker Afolabi also agreed a temporary switch to Dunfermline at the same time.

 
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