New Celtic signing Kundai Benyu believes he can follow in the footsteps of Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe and improve his game under new boss Brendan Rodgers.
Benyu had been expected to stay with Championship outfit Ipswich Town but he shocked the Tractor Boys when he rejected a new deal.
The 19-year-old had spent last season on loan at National League club Aldershot, where he scored five goals in 23 games.
His performances caught the eye of Tottenham, West Ham United and Aston Villa but Benyu insists nobody was bigger than Celtic.
He admits he was surprised by Celtic’s interest in him but he is now ready to kick on in his career.
Rodgers, who guided Celtic to the domestic treble last season, helped Sterling and Ibe improve their games at Liverpool and Benyu believes he can benefit from his managerial style.
He told Celtic TV: “The gaffer has helped a lot of young players in the past, like Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe. So I’m hoping to be a part of that list.
In my opinion, Celtic are bigger than all of those clubs who were interested in me.
“I know I’m joining one of the biggest clubs in the world, with 60,000 fans at every home game, which is crazy.
The gaffer’s put faith in me and he trusts that he sees me in his team and that I can improve as a player.
“My ambition is to get into the first-team squad by the start of the season.”