JOSH KERR has revealed he turned down the chance to stay with Celtic in order to secure a dream move to the English Premier League.

The 19-year-old signed a two-year deal with newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday after a season in which he won the Scottish Youth Cup with the Hoops.

Kerr spent five years at Parkhead but failed to make a first-team debut and revealed that he found the bright lights of the Premier League too hard to resist, despite the Bhoys making efforts to keep him in Glasgow.

“It happened quite quickly,” he told Brighton’s official website.

“I’d been offered another contract by Celtic, but when a Premier League club comes along, you can’t really knock them back. It’s good to be here. 

“I was excited, because I’d been watching the last couple of games. It’s Premier League next season, so it looks like the club is on the up. 

“I want to settle into the under-23s, get used to the place and find my feet, and then hopefully I can start putting pressure on the manager to play me. 

“Some of the players will be older and more experienced, but I can learn off them. I want to show them what I’ve got and hopefully that will stand me in good stead.”