Liverpool could snap up Celtic wonder-Bhoy Islam Feruz
A Decade ago it seemed unlikely that the future of Scottish football lay
in the hands of a five-year-old Somali.
And yet, 10 years on, Islam Feruz has already become the youngest ever
player to represent Scotland under-17s and is set to make his senior
Celtic debut next season.
But how long can the Glasgow club hold firm to their young protégé?
Barely 10 years old, Islam was spotted by Celtic scout John Simpson
playing at Castlemilk Sports Centre and was soon signed up to the Hoops.
This led to the late Tommy Burns going through the courts to ensure
young Islam’s asylum-seeking family weren’t deported back to Somalia. A
case which they won.
“Islam was so shocked when Tommy died. Our whole family will always owe
him a huge debt,” said Feruz’s mother Aisha last year.
Fast-forward to 2009 and Feruz became the first asylum-seeker to play
for Scotland under FIFA’s new five-year education rule when he made his
debut for the u17s.
“I have been very proud to live in Scotland. It’s a great country which
is now my home and I will be proud to wear the Scotland jersey,” said
Islam after he was included in the Scottish squad for the UEFA u17
European Championship qualifying round.
However, the teenager’s future club career could well take him out of
his adopted country very soon.
Reports suggest the 15-year-old has been eyed up by Liverpool, Kenny
Daglish has watched the youngster and keen to add him to his young
emerging squad whilst keeping the history of Celtic and Liverpool legacy
The wonder-Bhoy is currently on contract at Parkhead until summer 2015
and the Glasgow side are said to be seething at the alleged poach talks.
Whether Islam commits his long-term future to Celtic or not remains to
be seen but, on current form, Neil Lennon’s side would receive a
lucrative price for their teenage star from any potential buyers.