Sky Sports man links in-form Celtic player with Italian club

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Celtic have made some confusing decisions in recent years when it comes to transfers as well as the development of some of their most highly-rated youngsters. It is worth pointing out that the club have had a tough time promoting youth standouts to the senior team. The only regular starter in the current team to have made that jump is captain Callum McGregor.

It is not that the club have not hard talented youth players in their ranks over the years. But for one reason or the other, they have not made it at Parkhead.

Of course, several have chosen to depart the club before ever getting the chance to make their presence felt in the senior team. But on the other hand, there are others who have not really gotten a chance to show what they are capable of.

It looks like Rocco Vata's name belongs in the second category. And it feels like only a matter of time before he heads in the opposite direction.

Sky Sports man links in-form Celtic player with Italian club

Vata has been in tremendous form at the developmental level. But that has not translated into opportunities at the senior level. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored 10 goals in 14 appearances this season.

On the other hand, as tweeted by Anthony Joseph, Sampdoria have expressed an interest in Vata. Celtic have made no official contract offer to him.

It is a confusing situation to say the least. Vata looks like one of the players who is capable of making it at the top level. But he simply has not been given the chances.

He made a few appearances in the Premiership last season. Since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers as manager, he has yet to play a single minute of football at the senior level.

Vata's current contract is set to run out at the end of the season. And him leaving feels inevitable at this point. Italy looks like the most likely destination for the Republic of Ireland youth international.