Former Premier League striker urges Jordan Ibe to join Celtic

JORDAN IBE will be released by Bournemouth at the end of his contract and will no doubt be the subject of interest from a variety of different clubs. Former Sunderland and England striker Kevin Phillips has urged the 24-year-old to move to Celtic and showcase his qualities.

Ibe, who joined the Cherries for £16m from Liverpool has struggled since his move from Merseyside scoring just 5 goals in 92 appearances over four seasons. However, as reported by the Bournemouth Echo Phillips believes a move to the Scottish Champions would allow regular game time for the English attacker.

“Jordon has frustrated people. He has a load of talent but it has not quite worked out.

“He might go to Celtic, play week in, week out winning football matches.

“It is amazing when you play for a side that is winning games, you do not get as many injuries or pick up as many strains because you want to play every week.

“That could be a great move for him. Go and resurrect his career and show everyone what a top player he is.”

Celtic could be interested in signing the player as the economic effects on Coronavirus remain unclear and a player that will be hungry to rekindle their career could work for both parties. Ibe was reportedly a target for Celtic last year but no such move materialised.

Should Celtic fail in their attempts to lure Moi Elyounoussi back to Glasgow, a move for Ibe could be an option for Nicky Hammond and Neil Lennon to consider. Gary Penrice said last month that the club were watching 240 players. The Head of Recruitment is casting his eye across the Europe as Celtic look to strengthen their ranks ahead of a push for 10IAR.

Whilst Celtic already know the merits of targets like Fraser Forster, Moi Elyounoussi and Paddy Roberts, Penrice will be scouting the global transfer market for potential signings with a view to bringing them to Glasgow in the future.

The chances are that these won’t be marquee signings given the financial state that Scottish football finds itself in, which means that any decision to sign players needs to be worth it.


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