Celtic have reignited their interest in signing winger Jordon Ibe on a free transfer, according to a report from The Sunday Mirror’s print edition (28th June).
The Hoops were strongly linked with the winger last summer, with Football Insider claiming at the time that Ibe was keen to pursue a move to Celtic following their interest.
Ibe is now a free agent after Bournemouth decided not to offer him a contract extension and as such, he is free for Celtic, or any other club, to sign ahead of the upcoming 2020/21 campaign.
Crystal Palace have also shown an interest in signing the 24-year-old.
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Although he has failed to make much of an impact at Bournemouth following his move from Liverpool, it could be worth taking a punt on Ibe if his salary demands aren’t too excessive.
The Hoops have already lost Jonny Hayes, whilst Mohamed Elyounoussi is far from certain to return from Southampton, so Neil Lennon may need to bring in another attacking wide player to add some much-needed depth to his squad.
Scott Sinclair was able to get his stuttering career back on track with a move to Celtic and the same could be said for Ibe, who has plenty of talent but perhaps has lacked the focus to knuckle down and produce consistent performances.
Lennon and the senior members of the Celtic dressing room, such as Scott Brown, could be the perfect people for Ibe to be around as they wouldn’t take any messing.
If he could get back to performing at a consistent level, Ibe could be a decent option for Celtic and one that they could sign for free, which is important given the impact that the global pandemic has had on the club’s finances.