CELTIC are close to signing teenage Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, widely regarded as one of the best young talents in English football, on loan for next season.

The 18-year-old was part of the England squad which won the Under-17 World Cup last year and even won the Golden Boot award as the tournament's top scorer.

Brewster was poached by Liverpool from Chelsea in 2015, when Rodgers was manager at Anfield, and he is viewed by many as one of the best strikers to emerge from England in recent years.

Read more: Rangers could clinch deal for Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard by the end of the week​

Celtic have, under Rodgers, used the loan system to their great benefit and we understand advanced talks have taken place between both clubs about a season-long loan.

Liverpool and Brewster himself are open to the plan but there are other clubs down south which would love to have such a talent for a year, and so the deal is yet to be done.

However, sources close to Liverpool last night suggested that it was more likely than not that Brewster will move to Glasgow on a temporary basis as Jurgen Klopp believes this to be an ideal move for his player.

It certainly would be an exciting move for Celtic given what Brewster has already achieved at the very start of his career. He is lightening quick and ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what Rodgers wants to bring to Celtic.

Last season, he scored successive hat-tricks against the United States and Brazil in the quarter and semi-finals of the Under-17 World Cup. He then scored England’s opening goal in the final which his team won 5-2 against Spain.

Read more: Graeme Murty has been 'used and abused' by Rangers, says Billy Dodds​

There is every chance that either, or both, Moussa Dembele will leave and Odsonne Edouard returns to parent club Paris Saint-Germain, so a new striker would be one of the more obvious moves for Celtic to make this summer.

Brewster gained a lot of credit when he spoke openly in January about his team-mate Morgan Gibbs-White being racially abused by a Spanish player in that final.

He was first spotted at the Shield Academy in London and in an interview last year, the chief coach of the club, Dan Seymour, revealed this was a young man destine for the top.

“It wasn't long after I opened Shield that one of the players asked if he could bring a close family friend to the academy, and that was Rhian," Seymour told BBC Sport.

"He was scouted in the first two minutes of his first game after rounding the entire opposition, scoring and then grabbing the ball and putting it back on the spot.

"In the time it took that to happen, Martin Taylor, the academy scout at Chelsea, approached his dad and me, and said he wanted him immediately."