Reports: Manchester United striker Wilson to join Celtic

Rob Conlon

Louis van Gaal has given permission for Manchester United striker James Wilson to join Celtic on loan in January, according to reports.

The Scottish champions tried to sign Wilson in the summer, but an agreement failed to be reached as United wanted the England under-21 international to commit his future to Old Trafford.

Having signed a new four-year contract in September, Van Gaal is now happy for the 19-year-old to continue his development with a temporary move away from the club, say The Daily Mail.

Academy-product Wilson scored twice on his Red Devils debut in 2014, and has gone on to make 15 appearances, although he as only featured once this season.

The arrival of Anthony Martial has seen Wilson fall further down the pecking order, but Van Gaal has predicted a bright future for the forward.

“James is one of the brightest young English prospects. He is a very talented forward player and has a keen eye for goal. His development is continuing in the right direction and it is clear to see that he has a fine future ahead of him,” the Dutchman told the club’s official website.

United defender Tyler Blackett is already on loan at Celtic, but manager Ronny Delia is short of attacking options.

Carlton Cole has been training with the club in the hope of securing a contract but has sustained an injury and talks have now been shelved.