It’s easy to think that just getting a player out on loan and letting them play is the only thing that matters in a temporary move, but there’s so much more to it.
For a player to develop properly, you need the loan club to look after them properly, while it also helps if they provide a similar environment and a playing style that’s familiar to them.
A player might learn a lot if they go from a team fighting for titles to one battling against the drop, but it’s hard to say if that will help them battle for a first team spot when they return.
That’s why Celtic are an attractive club for big clubs down south to send youngsters on loan. They know their player will get to challenge for trophies and play in front of a demanding crowd, while they will probably get some playing time in Europe too.
Football Insider have indicated that Spurs youngster Jack Clarke is the latest to be linked with a loan move to Celtic.
They spoke to Alex Bruce about his feelings on a potential move, and it seems like he’s all for it:
“I would recommend anyone to go to a club like Celtic to get game time. it’s a great club, any young lad who’s got the opportunity to go and play anywhere, I would recommend just to go and do it and if you can join a club like Celtic in the process then fantastic.”
“I’m all for it.”
Although he’s not close to the Spurs first team he was signed for a fee of around £10m as reported by The BBC, so it looks like the potential for a permanent deal at the end of a loan move is slim.
Despite that, if he brings some pace to the attack then it could be an exciting signing for Celtic.