CELTIC have been linked with an ambitious loan move for Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard. The 27-year-old appears out of the first team picture under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Old Trafford club could sanction a loan to Glasgow, according to TeamTalk.
The midfielder signed a four year deal in 2017, worth £100k-a-week but since United have signed Donny Van De Beek and Bruno Fernandes – meaning Lingard finds himself on the fringes of the United first team. The report also states that Rangers, Aston Villa and West Ham are interested in the 24-cap England player.
Lingard will be worried about his lack of game time with the Euros approaching in the summer and could seek a move to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s thinking.
Given the wages that Lingard is on, any move for him would be highly unlikely as Celtic have more important areas to strengthen in – mainly right back and goalkeeper. We will file this one under the category of being paper talk, using Celtic as a stalking horse to test the water regarding interest.
Lingard is a good player but he isn’t what Celtic need and as a result, it is unlikely that they’d commit the funds towards a loan deal for him.