Islam Feruz on his way to Stamford Bridge.
Celtic teenager Islam Feruz is set to sign for Chelsea, according to his agent Rui Alves.
“It is a massive step for Islam and for Scottish football. Now for him personally it is the beginning of a major adventure, he will have to work, work and work and raise his own level,” revealed Alves to Sky Sports.
“Playing for a top club like Chelsea, where the major word in the squad is quality, will oblige him to show his own quality and deliver his best and convince the staff that he is more than just a major prospect.”
“The first impression was extraordinary, it is a feeling that the whole club is behind him, they will support him on a daily basis and give him total trust and make him believe.
Despite his Somalian heritage, Alves claims Feruz has chosen play for Scotland.
“He is looking forward to starting his career with Chelsea, but he would love to thank Celtic for all they did for him and his parents, he is Scottish and will one day score goals for Scotland.”
That is of little consolation to Celtic, and manager Neil Lennon admitted his disappointment at losing his young forward in an interview last month.
“It’s going to be very difficult for us to hold onto him. That’s the situation at the minute.
“I would rather discuss it at another time when everything is clear. At the minute, I haven’t seen Islam since the start of the season.
“We’ve done everything we can to keep the player. I think we’ve done more than enough to make him feel at home here. He does have other people in the background who are advising him.
“My take on it is they are advising him wrongly. But we seem to be powerless in that situation.”