By Adefunmiloye Alani

23rd Jun, 2021 | 7:49am

Leeds United have made a bid for teenage defender Matthew Anderson

Leeds United have tabled a bid for Celtic left-back Matthew Anderson as they look to further bolster their youth ranks.

According to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth, the Elland Road outfit are plotting a fresh round of recruitment for their youth squad ahead of 2021-22, and the Scotland youth international has caught their eyes.

The 17-year-old penned a professional deal with the Scottish Premiership giants in January 2020 after arriving from Blantyre Soccer Academy.

Celtic furloughed their under-18s in January and Anderson is now set to move on.

One for the future

Leeds first-team needs a left-back this summer with the future of Gjanni Alioski at Elland Road uncertain.

However, the Hoops youngster will not be coming in as a replacement or cover for the North Macedonian.

Nevertheless, Anderson could be playing senior team football sooner or later given his potential.

We have not seen him in action, but the fact that Leeds scouts feel he is good enough for the under-23s means something.

Anderson has been compared with Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney, with Blantyre Soccer Academy chief Jimmy Whelan tipping him to follow in the footsteps of the former Celtic star [Daily Record].

Should a move to Leeds work out, the young full-back will be linking up with fellow Scots Stuart McKinstry and Liam McCarron in the under-23s.

We brought in Joe Gelhardt, Cody Drameh, Sam Greenwood, Crysencio Summerville and Dani van den Heuvel to strengthen the academy after being awarded a Category A status, and they won the Premier League 2 Division 2 to seal promotion.

The youngsters will be looking to impress in the Division 1 next term and hopefully have a taste of senior football.

In other Leeds news, Whites are ready to hand new contract to player amid PL giants speculation.