Celtic are said to be rivalling Bristol City for the signing of Oxford United centre back Rob Atkinson this summer, as per a recent report by The Sun on Sunday.
The 22-year-old has greatly impressed since joining the Sky Bet League One outfit from non league Eastleigh last year and could well be on the move again this summer if one of the two clubs pays Oxford’s asking price.
Here, we take a look at the latest news surrounding the potential move.
What do we know so far?
As mentioned above, we know that both Bristol City and Celtic are interested in the young defender, with both sides looking to strengthen in that area of the field.
However it now appears that the Robins have made the first move in the race for the player, with it today being reported by Bristol Live journalist Gregor MacGregor on Twitter that the Championship side have made a bid:
Understand that #BristolCity have a bid in excess of £1.4m on the table for Oxford United defender Rob Atkinson. The Robins are waiting to hear back on that, and whether a deal for the centre-back will be agreed. #OUFC #CelticFC
— Gregor MacGregor (@GeeMacGee) June 22, 2021
It has been claimed recently that Oxford are under no pressure to sell however, meaning that this could be a tough move to pull off for either side.
Celtic will have to also put an offer of their own in to stand any chance.
Is it likely to happen?
Given that Bristol City are seemingly the only side to have made a bid for Atkinson, it would be fair to say that the Hoops are lagging behind in the race to sign him.
If they do not firm up their interest soon, they could risk losing out to the Robins altogether.
The price is certainly affordable for a club of their size but it remains to be seen if they see him as someone who can step up tom play for them.
Time will tell if the Scottish club make a bid, with their chances diminishing by the minute as Bristol City continue to sniff around the 22-year-old.