Ecuadorian midfielder Sergio Quintero – who is nicknamed ‘The Machine’ in his homeland – has claimed Celtic are vying for his signature – and a move could be completed this week.
The 20-year-old caught the eye whilst representing his country at the U20 World Cup in Poland last month and it seems the Hoops scouting staff like what they see.
With Olivier Ntcham’s future at Celtic Park looking increasingly bleak, Neil Lennon is known to be in the market for new central midfielders, as shown by his failed move for Motherwell’s David Turnbull.
And, according Quintero, he’s the latest player to be targeted by the Premiership champions.
Speaking to a publication from Ecuador’s capital Quito, via Football Scotland, he said: “I’m thinking about a move to European football. I’m trying to be calm about it and take it easy.
“The representatives of Celtic have been in talks for some time with the president of Imbabura.
“An agreement has to be reached this week if the transfer is to go through.
“But if the deal doesn’t go through I am relaxed because I have offers from other clubs in Europe and Ecuador. It’s important to make the best decision for me.
“It would be very difficult to adapt to life in a country like Scotland, but with time I think I would be able to settle in.
“I’ve already done English lessons – not a lot, but I have learned enough.
“I always want to be a humble person. We are the youth champions of South America and we are the third best team in the world, but I am still the same man. I play with humility.
“I look at my football as a treat. I always want to enjoy myself.
“I suppose my life changed after those tournaments, but I know I have to keep working hard if I want a good career in football.”
With Celtic already well-stocked in the midfield, even if Ntcham does leave, where do you think Quintero would fit into the picture?
And how do you think the young Ecuadorian would settle into Scottish football under Neil Lennon next season?
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