Celtic have been handed a warning about Bayern Leverkusen star Florian Wirtz ahead of this weekend European tie between the two sides at Parkhead.

As quoted by Sun Sport, Leverkusen Sporting Director – Rudi Voller talked up the talent of the 18-year old, who has already been linked with moves to Real Madrid, suggesting he is better than £70 million man Kai Havertz was at that age with the German side.

Voller said: “The speed in which Florian is developing is very special indeed.

“Just like Kai Havertz, he has everything you need to be a world-class player.

“He’s probably ahead of where Kai was at his age.

“There’s no question he is going to be a fantastic player.

“He is not only developing rapidly as a player, he’s growing as a leader on the pitch too.

“For example, he’s the first to help out his teammates if it gets heated on the pitch.

“For us at Leverkusen, we are going to be very proud when Kai and Florian play together for years in the Germany midfield in the future.”

This week’s Europa League fixture is almost certain to be the most challenging side Ange Postecoglou, and his squad will have to face this season, with the Bundesliga side being tipped as many’s favourites to win this group.

There is, of course, a familiar face who we also know all about in the Leverkusen side as Jeremie Frimpong prepares to make a return to Celtic Park.

It will be a tough test against some top players. However, I’m sure Ange is relishing the challenge for his first proper home European tie at Parkhead, with 60,000 fans behind him and the squad.


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