Celtic teenage target will be on move soon says manager

Celtic are reportedly interested in Linfield teenage starlet Charlie Allen but will have to move fast according to manager David Healy.

The 15-year-old was named in the Belfast’s side’s 25-man squad for their qualifier against Rosenborg.

Allen didn’t feature as Linfield went down 2-0 at home to the Norwegian champions, but Healy says it’s a mark of how highly rated the schoolboy is and insists his time will soon come.

With Celtic credited with an interest, the Hoops could face competition for his signature from Rangers and Aberdeen.

And with English sides Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs, Leicester and Leeds all in the mix, Healy believes Allen will be on the move soon.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, he said: “Charlie was named in the 25-man squad for the Rosenborg game which tells you how much we rate him.

“He’s still young, developing and has a lot to learn, but I know, in time, Charlie won’t see his 17th or 18th birthday at Linfield.

“He will be elsewhere. Our plan is to guide him the best way for the next 12 months when he is here.

“He is still at school and hopefully when he does go he will make the right choices and have an incredible full-time career.”

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