Scunthorpe boss Neil Cox has confirmed he is aware of mounting interest in Joey Dawson, but is not resigned to losing the exciting youth prospect this summer.

Iron Bru understand that the Iron have offered Dawson a long term professional deal, but face an uphill battle to keep hold of the 17 year old with Scottish giants Celtic and a number of Championship clubs keen to secure the 17 year old’s services,

Cox told to BBC Radio Humberside: “I am aware (of the interest) and I have had conversations. He is a player we have offered a contract to and that’s how we have left it.

“If somebody did come in to us and offer us good money for him, would we stand in his way? We probably wouldn’t because it’s a good opportunity for the boy.”

Dawson is yet to make his league debut despite an impressive goal return for the U18s, but Cox hopes the attacking midfielder will be fit to feature for the first team before the end of the season.

“He’s been unlucky. He’s had a few injuries and not got himself fit enough but we are hoping we can get him fit and get some minutes into him.

“The lad has got ability, he’s a good footballer and comes from a footballing background which always helps. He’s a really good lad.  I’m hoping he can get some game time and show us what he can do.

When asked whether he was resigned to losing Dawson, Cox added: “I’m not resigned to losing him because I’ve had a good conversation with him and his agent. We have planned he is going to be part of my squad, he is going to be part of this team and if anything changes there is nothing I can do about that.

“If it’s the right deal for this football club then something will be done but at the moment he is 100% part of my plans”, Cox added.