Celtic supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their side return to the summit of the Scottish Premiership table at the weekend.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their encounter with league leaders Kilmarnock at Parkhead on Saturday off the back of drawing 1-1 with Motherwell in their previous league clash, and thus seeking to bounce back and return to winning ways when Steve Clarke’s Killy visited Glasgow. And the Bhoys did just that by easing to a 5-1 success at Celtic Park, with a brace from James Forrest as well as goals from Odsonne Eduoard, Mikael Lustig, and Ryan Christie inspiring Celtic to top spot in the Scottish Premiership table.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be looking ahead towards the January transfer window, and thus what business their side may seek to conduct.
And given Rodgers’ track-record of affording young players an opportunity in the first team, be it at Celtic or indeed at Liverpool and Swansea City, Bournemouth’s Jordon Ibe, valued at £8.1 million by Transfermarkt, must seek to resurrect his stalling career by linking up with the ex-Reds chief at Parkhead.
Ultimately, things simply haven’t worked out for the young English winger following his big-money move from Liverpool to the Vitality Stadium back in 2016, with the 23-year-old scoring just four goals and laying on only eight assists in 72 appearances for Eddie Howe’s team.
And for £16.2 million (as per Transfermarkt), the Cherries are well within their rights to have expected a lot more from Ibe in the last few years, with his lowly position in Howe’s pecking order exemplified by his paltry five Premier League appearances so far this season, of which just one has been a start.
But at the tender age of 23, and having proven to have huge amounts of talent earlier in his career, there is clearly a very good player in Ibe, yet a move away come January in a bid for regular football could be in his best interests – and Celtic appears to be the ideal destination.
The Bhoys look set for intense competition from Rangers for the Scottish Premiership this season, and after a summer of very little transfer activity, Rodgers will surely be aware that further reinforcements are needed come the New Year – Ibe would certainly bolster the attacking ranks.
And with Scott Sinclair having failed to reproduce his best form so far this term, there could be an opportunity for Ibe to shine north of the border, not least because Rodgers will likely afford him that chance in the starting eleven if his previous dealings with young, talented players are anything to go by.
Clearly, the 23-year-old has ability just waiting to be unlocked, but things are going stale at Bournemouth at present to suggest that a move away is needed for the winger.
And with Celtic likely seeking to bolster their squad come January, alongside the fact that Rodgers has a proven track-record of giving youngsters a chance, Ibe simply must seek to resurrect his flailing career with a move to Parkhead.
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