Celtic are hoping to add to their wide attacking options with a potential move for Bournemouth’s Jordon Ibe.
However, according to The Scottish Sun, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is reconsidering whether to make the winger available for loan, with the Cherries’ wide options lessened by long-term injury to Arnaut Danjuma.
Ibe’s passing success rate of 78% last season was his worst return in a league campaign, while he averaged just 13.2 passes per game and started just nine Premier League matches in 2018/19 for Bournemouth, for whom he was an unused substitute against Sheffield United last weekend.
He mainly operates on the right flank, the position occupied at Celtic by James Forrest, who scored 18 goals and supplied 20 assists in 56 appearances last season, averaging a goal every 3.11 games and an assist every 2.8 games.
Forrest, the reigning SPFL Player of the Year, already has three goals and three assists from seven appearances this season (a goal and an assist per 2.33 games).
The 28-year-old had a passing success rate of 81.7% for Celtic in last season’s Europa League and an impressive 90.9% for Scotland in their UEFA Nations League campaign, indicating that he is far more composed on the ball than Ibe, as well as having a much better goal return.
Ibe’s goal contribution during his three years at Bournemouth has been desperately disappointing and pales in comparison with that of Forrest, while Johnston looks set to leave the ex-Liverpool man trailing in his wake also if he can continue his early season output.
Even if either of those Celtic wingers were unavailable, they have ample cover on both flanks, and in recent months Ibe has not looked like a player who would greatly enhance the Hoops’ wide attacking options.
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