Former Celtic prodigy Liam Morrison believes Bayern Munich is the best possible club for his development. - © FC Bayern München
Former Celtic prodigy Liam Morrison believes Bayern Munich is the best possible club for his development. - © FC Bayern München
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Scotland U17 starlet Liam Morrison hoping to use "dream" Bayern Munich move to become world's best defender

After recently sealing a "dream move" from Celtic to Bayern Munich, Scotland teenager Liam Morrison says he hopes to eventually become the best defender in the world.

Morrison, 16, had the opportunity to sign a pro contract with Celtic, but says he did not hesitate when Bayern came calling with the offer of a place in the club's state-of-the-art youth academy.

"Celtic tried hard to keep me, but my decision was already made as soon as Bayern came in," he told the Daily Mail.

"I loved every minute of my time at Celtic, and I have to thank every one of the people I worked with who helped me so much.

"But when the Bayern offer came along, it's not really a club you can turn down is it?

"It was such an attractive offer. It was a no-brainer for me and my family."

Having only made his debut with the Celtic first team during the defending Scottish Premiership champions' pre-season tour of Austria just a week prior to the switch, Morrison admits he was taken aback by news of Bayern's interest.

"It was surprising when I heard," he recalled.

"My dad and me were sitting in the living room watching football when a text came from my agent David Moss saying Bayern were interested.

"I turned to my dad and said, 'no way.' We decided not to read anything into it because it might be a daft rumour or something.

"But David contacted Bayern and came back the next day to say, 'yeah, they want you to come over and see the campus'.

"It was a dream come true for a club the size of Bayern Munich to be interested in me."

Morrison's new home, the FC Bayern Campus, includes a 2,500-seater stadium. - imago images / Lackovic

Once fully integrated into the Bayern youth system, Morrison is hoping to climb the ranks to the first team, where he hopes to one day realise his long-term ambition of becoming the best defender in the world.

"The final goal for me is to be the best defender in the world, that is the ultimate goal," explained Morrison, who has won 18 caps for his country at U16 and U17 level.

"It needs so much hard work and I know I have a long way to go to get to where I want to be. I have to keep my feet on the ground and stay grounded and work hard.

"How I get there is by constantly trying to make myself a better player. Playing alongside great players can only help me in that respect."