TALENTED teenage footballer Aiden Gibb has been snapped up by Ladbrokes Premiership champions Celtic after leaving arch-rivals Rangers

Now the Saltcoats teenager will be hoping to take his first steps towards the footballing big-time after penning a deal at Celtic Park.

The Hoops staved off competition from a whole host of other clubs to secure the signature of the youngster, who will now hope to develop his game under the supervision of some of the top coaches in the country.

Last week, he put pen to paper on a new two-year deal earlier this month and is excited about being involved with one of the country's top sides.

Celtic made the lucrative contract offer after a successful three-week training spell with the Glasgow club.

A whole host of clubs were in for the teenager, who can play on the right-wing, left-wing or as a right-back or on the right-wing.,

He attracted interest from last season's Premier Division runners-up Aberdeen, along with Ayr United and Kilmarnock, although neither of the Ayrshire clubs made him an offer.

The new comes just a few months after Ardrossan teenager Billy Gilmour headed south after being signed by Premiership champions Chelsea.

At a recent training session with the Under-20s side, Aiden met Kieran Tierney, who is now a member of the first-team squad and Celtic manager Brendan Rogers was nearby. He will now be hoping to develop his game.

Like all young players he will ultimately hope to make his way into the first team.

Mum Misty Gallagher said: "I am really proud of Aiden getting the contract with Celtic and this is a great opportunity for him."