Celtic boss Ronny Deila is already making plans for January as he aims to ensure his side are well equipped for another title challenge with young Manchester United striker James Wilson still among his top targets.
The 19-year-old has been on the fringes of the United first-team for the past 12 months and is highly-rated by the Old Trafford backroom staff, who believe he will eventually make the grade in the Premier League.
Wilson, who came on as a second-half substitute in the Red Devils’ 3-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, was first linked with a season-long loan move to Celtic in the summer but the deal failed to materialise and he ended up staying at United.
However, with Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial blocking his chances of regular action, he may be allowed to go out on loan in the New Year – especially if boss Louis van Gaal opts to sign a new frontman when the transfer window reopens.
Championship side Derby County are also keen on Wilson but United currently have central defender Tyler Blackett on loan at Celtic Park and that could help smooth the path for Wilson to join him north of the border.
Wilson was recently handed a new four-year-deal deal to keep him at Old Trafford long-term but Van Gaal would ideally like to see him playing regular first-team football elsewhere this season as he monitors his development.
Celtic boss Deila believes Wilson would be a big hit in the Scottish Premiership and feels the youngster would be the ideal man to help fire the Bhoys to another title in the second half of the season.
Deila’s side sit in second place, a point behind leaders Aberdeen, after Sunday’s 2-1 win at Hamilton and are 1.05 favourites to retain their title, with the Dons available at 10.00.