In an attempt to build depth and increase their attacking options, Celtic has been linked with Bournemouth’s Jordon Ibe. According to the Sun, Celtic is seeking to acquire the winger on loan from the Premier League side.
It may seem odd to many fans that one of the more believable rumours of the transfer window is for a winger in the form of Bournemouth’s Jordon Ibe. Celtic has plenty of attacking options, so many in fact that Neil Lennon felt comfortable putting one of the best midfielders in Scotland at left-back for the match against CFR Cluj. But instead of being linked with defensive players, it looks like the club will look to expand its attacking options.
Getting the Jordon Ibe deal across the finish line could prove tricky though. While he was considered to be only a depth option at Bournemouth, a recent injury to Arnaut Danjuma may have changed Ibe’s role at the club. The oft injured Danjuma faced similar issues last season, and Bournemouth may need Ibe to cover for him if he is expected to spend a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Competition could be another important factor for the Scottish champions in their attempt to bring Jordon Ibe to the Celtic Park. According to the Sun, Italian sides Napoli and Fiorentina, and Spanish club Espanyol have also asked about the Englishman’s availability.
Despite Ibe not playing on the defensive side of the pitch, any acquisition made by the Hoops would send a message of reassurance to the club’s fans and supporters after a brutal loss to CFR Cluj on Tuesday. Across town, the Rangers have been making numerous acquistions in an attempt to close the gap between themselves and Celtic. The Hoops though have done little in terms of adding to the squad this transfer window in response.
Jordon Ibe could be a great addition to Celtic. A fast pace of play, coupled with a good football IQ can easily describe the former Liverpool man once pegged to replace Raheem Sterling at Anfield. Celtic’s chase for Ibe will come as good news for the fans on a day when Scott Bain was revealed to pick up an injury that could see him sidelined for two months.