The 15-year-old youngster is a student in St Ninian’s High School programme, the same place that helped produced Gunners left-back Kieran Tierney, Mikey Johnston and Anthony Ralston among several others at Parkhead.
Herald and Times Sport now understands Celtic are desperate to keep hold of the player and have offered him terms on his first pre-professional contract.
Kelly primarily plays as a box-to-box midfielder and has already featured for Celtic’s Under-15’s, Under-16’s and now in Under-18’s.
He was said to have impressed many club scouts in the Sheffield Trophy, being one of the standout player during the tournament, where Celtic’s youngsters finished as runners-up to MLS side Seattle Sounders.
After having recently lost one of their academy huge prospect Liam Morrison, who departed Glasgow for Bayern Munich and it is understood fellow kid Barry Hepburn will follow the 17-year-old to Germany. The prospective departure of another youngster to any of the five Premier league suitors will be another step backward for the Scottish giants.