The transfer window is now shut, however recent reports are suggesting that Celtic failed in a bid to bring Premier League player Jack Clarke to the club whilst it was still open.
The player currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur, but has yet to feature for the senior side.
What happened with Celtic and Jack Clarke?
According to Football Insider, Celtic made an approach for Clarke during the main window.
The Scottish giants tried to lure the 19-year-old on loan from the Premier League giants after previously losing out in the race to sign him in January. Tottenham did not want Clarke being loaned out unless he was going to play regularly and it looks like the Hoops could not guarantee this.
Would this have been a good signing for the Hoops?
The £4.86m-valued ace has featured 38 times in his career, including two appearances for Spurs’ U23 squad (where he has scored one goal), per Transfermarkt.
He is only 19, so to be signed by the North London side in 2019 highlights that he is seen as a player with great potential. A loan would have been good for the Hoops as they could have seen if he had the quality and potential to succeed at the club before risking a potential permanent deal.
He is clearly highly-rated, as Les Ferdinand emphasised after the player was at loan at Queens Park Rangers. He said, ‘He’s a young boy but he has undoubtable talent and I think once he goes back, they’ll probably look at him through pre-season, see how he does and then make a judgement on whether it’s another loan or (Mourinho) may see a benefit to the Tottenham team now and the way he wants to play.’
It is understandable that Celtic couldn’t guarantee his starting place as they have an abundance on quality that can play in his position on the right wing. Players like Mohamed Elyounoussi, James Forrest and Ryan Christie would all be ahead of him in the pecking order.
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