Derry City have agreed to allow their Ireland u19 international midfielder, Darren McCauley, to join Celtic on loan for a period of six months, the Derry Journal has learned.
The 18 year old midfielder, who joined his home town club on an amateur contract, has been attracting interest from quite a few cross-Channel clubs and is understood to be anxious to take advantage of such a move.
McCauley impressed during a trial with Blackburn Rovers last season but with the Premiership club not prepared to meet their responsibility under the UEFA Under-23 Agreement, that move fell through.
In addition, it's believed the Waterside man had also been attracting attention from clubs such as Ipswich Town and SPL representatives, Hearts, but transfer negotiations failed to materialise.
McCauley made his international debut last September when he impressed Sean McCaffrey during the Clarion Hotel Four Nations Tournament trophy in Dublin.