Southampton are reportedly keeping an eye on young Rangers Kyle McClelland and Celtic kid Leo Hjelde.

The pair are both currently on loan and reporting in The scottish sun says the duo are being watched by the Saints in the Premier League.

McClelland is currently at Falkirk in League One, while Hjelde is with Ross County in the Premiership.

The two are making impressive stints at their respective loan clubs and have caught the attention of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side.

Meanwhile, Celtic has stepped up the arrival of new GM Dominic McKay, but may have to wait longer before signing Eddie Howe as manager.

McKay was due to join the club on July 1 as a replacement for Peter Lawwell, but will work with his retired predecessor from April 19 after confirmation of his early exit from the Scottish Rugby Union.

The SRU confirmed that its director of operations would leave earlier than expected with its best wishes “after a successful handover of his duties and responsibilities”.

A Celtic statement quickly added: “Peter Lawwell will continue in his role as Managing Director and Board Member until June 30.

“Dom will join the club from April 19, working with Peter and the management team to ensure a smooth transition, until Dom assumes the role of general manager and board member on July 1. . ”

The hiring of Guinness PRO14 president McKay was initially announced on January 29, when it was also revealed that Lawwell was retiring this summer after 17 years in the post.

Succession isn’t the only major change in staff at Celtic Park on the horizon and the scale of the transition may mean the club will have to wait until the end of the season for Howe to arrive.

The former Bournemouth boss has been in talks with Celtic, who have a Scottish Cup fourth round match against the newly crowned Rangers at Ibrox on April 17.


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