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European Clubs Circle For Celtic's Ireland Youth Star

European Clubs Circle For Celtic's Ireland Youth Star
By Eoin Harrington Updated
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18-year-old Rocco Vata is one of the most exciting talents currently on the books at Celtic.

The Ireland youth international has managed to grab a handful of senior appearances in recent seasons, thanks to his impressive performance through his time at the Celtic academy.

Vata made four appearances for Celtic in the SPFL last season, and his performances seem to have him on the radar of several European clubs, as he enters the final year of his contract in Glasgow.

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Rocco Vata: Ireland and Celtic youth star being monitored by Club Brugge

A report from Scottish paper The Daily Record on Wednesday suggests that Vata is being closely monitored by Club Brugge, who are said to be "long-term admirers" of the youngster.

25 March 2023; Rocco Vata of Republic of Ireland in action against Samuel Merilai of Estonia during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship Elite Round match between Republic of Ireland and Estonia at Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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The Daily Record's report suggests that Vata is also being tracked by Torino, and both sides feel confident in their chances of landing the Glasgow-born Ireland international, with the 18-year-old entering the final year of his current contract with Celtic.

Earlier in his career, Vata was linked with several of Europe's biggest clubs, and no doubt interest will sky rocket if he can land regular first team football.


Towards the back-end of last season, when Vata was sidelined by an ankle injury, he earned praise from Celtic captain Callum McGregor, who said that Vata had done brilliantly to work his way into contention, and praised him for integrating so well into the first team.

Vata is the son of former Celtic and Albania star Rudi Vata, and is thus eligbile to play for Albania. He is also eligible to play for Scotland (the country of his birth), and Montenegro - though he qualifies to play for Ireland through his grandmother. Vata has played for Ireland at U-15, U-17, U-18, and U-19 level, and was named in the Irish U-21 squad for the first time earlier this summer.

During that international break, Republic of Ireland U-21 manager Jim Crawford confirmed that Vata is committed to playing for Ireland:


Without a doubt he's certainly committed to Ireland. He's another player I'm looking forward to working with.

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