"Bags of pace"; Celtic-linked Bright Osayi-Samuel impresses Millwall boss

By David Walton

December 8, 2020

The plaudits just keep coming for Celtic-linked Bright Osayi-Samuel after his talents were highlighted by Millwall boss Gary Rowett.

The Scottish Sun reported in the summer that the QPR winger was seriously interesting the Hoops and that Neil Lennon wanted him in before the window closed in October. A positive relationship with Celtic scout Gary Penrice was said to be crucial to the move.

However, the winger stayed in London and has continued to impress in the Championship. Osayi-Samuel is out of contract at the end of the season, and has been stalling on contract talks in recent times (West London Sport).

But as Millwall prepare to face QPR in a London derby tonight, Rowett couldn’t help but talk up Osayi-Samuel’s qualities.

As quoted by London News Online, Rowett said: “He’s a good player. I saw him play against Birmingham’s youth team in the FA Cup up at Blackpool when he was there.

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“He was very, very good on that evening. He was one you thought could develop into a top young player.

“He’s been excellent. He has got bags of pace and his improvement has almost given them a different outlet to [Eberechi] Eze, who was obviously a very, very influential player for them.”

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Rowett’s comments on the Nigerian youngster follow Brentford manager Thomas Frank’s generous comments last week. The German tactician labelled him “the quickest winger in the division” (London News Online).

That’s two experienced Championship managers who have been blown away by Osayi-Samuel’s potential. Given this would be a deal that could have no risk for the Hoops, it would be bizarre for us to pass it up.

It makes a move for the youngster even more tempting when you think of the real deficiencies of Celtic’s game at the moment. We’ve badly struggled for pace in the final third all season, but it’s really come to the fore over the last two months with chances at a premium for the Hoops.

Reported Celtic target Bright Osayi-Samuel (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Osayi-Samuel wouldn’t solve that himself – five direct goal contributions in 15 appearances suggests he still needs to work on his consistency (Transfermarkt) – but he would be an exciting addition in a position where we’re lacking in numbers.

Celtic don’t have any real natural width outside of Mikey Johnston and Mohamed Elyounoussi, and both of those players play on the left. James Forrest remains injured, whilst Lennon continues to see Jeremie Frimpong as more of a right-back than a right-winger.

This seems like a no-brainer, and given it’s our last chance to strengthen for the 10, a move for the Nigerian is looking more and more obvious by the week.

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