Celtic manager Neil Lennon is in the market for a left-sided player. The former central midfielder is determined to add someone there who has the quality he is looking for before the window slams shut on Monday, and Spurs man Ryan Sessegnon is the latest name to be doing the rounds.
Sessegnon, 20, joined Spurs from London rivals Fulham in August 2019, but he’s been limited to twelve appearances so far. The left sider, who can play anywhere down the flank, was in Jose Mourinho’s squad for the game against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the second round of qualifying for the Europa League but hasn’t made a matchday ever since, and his progress is stalling.
Spurs, who believe Ryan will still go on to be a top-level player, are now looking to find the England U21 international a temporary home where he is guaranteed plenty of game time. Several Premier League outfits are thought to be in the running, but it’s whether they can find a spot for him in their starting XI. Therefore, the door is open for other clubs to take an interest, and Celtic are said to be keen on taking him to Scotland.
Celtic, who are flying in the Scottish Premier Football League, would be a fantastic fit for Sessegnon. They move between formations which use two and three centre backs, which is ideal as the Spurs man can play at left-back, left wing-back or in a more advanced role as a winger. He would provide stiff competition for the likes of Greg Taylor and Mohamed Elyounoussi, and would likely dislodge one of them from their starting position if he impresses.
At the time of writing, an approach for Ryan by Celtic is on, but the financial part of the deal could prove to be challenging. If a move were successful, however, Sessegnon’s first game for the Bhoys would likely be against Rangers on October 17. A game which always generates a huge amount of attention from fans all around the world and is the biggest event in the SPFL. Bookmakers will expect a huge amount of activity as well and it would be interesting to see what will be the odds for our young man scoring anytime during the match. It is precisely these type of betting markets that sportsbooks need to be aware of, whether it maybe a new online sportsbetting site which Party Casino will be launching imminently or the traditional bookmaker opposite the local pub.
If a move for Sessegnon falters, Neil Lennon could return with an improved offer for Charlton Athletic midfielder Alfie Doughty. Celtic have been in for Doughty already, but the Addicks have given their advances short shrift. If Celtic come back with a better deal on the table, the League One outfit may find it too tempting to refuse for a player in the last year of his contract at The Valley.
Either way, Celtic want a new left-sided player to join their ranks before the transfer window closes, and they have several irons in the fire. You will expect them to get a deal over the line, with Lennon favouring Sessegnon and Doughty. And, the move which makes the most sense financially is likely to be the one which Celtic opt to go with, as they continue their push to retain their status as the top club in the Scottish Premier League.