Celtic-supporting James McClean has posted a brilliant Instagram photo of him and Tyrese Campbell, and aimed a dig at Rangers in the process.
Campbell was reportedly wanted by both Celtic and Rangers in January, but the player himself instead chose to sign a new contract with Stoke (Sky Sports). That keeps him tied to the Championship club along with the Republic of Ireland international McClean.
The former Sunderland man has never hidden his love for Celtic in the past (Scottish Sun). And, in a typically jovial social media update, the winger has had a pop at Rangers on Instagram. In a photo of him and Campbell hugging during a match, McClean captioned it with the following:
“When you convince @tyekaicampbell to see sense and turn down Sevco and he listens.”
Campbell himself responded to the image too, and was clearly happy to go along with it. He commented that a “few words from uncle macca was all it took”. McClean then replied with another humorous response, telling Campbell that he was keeping him “on the right track”.
You can view the image for yourself by clicking here.
A duo who look set for Championship football next season
Impressively, Stoke have managed to drag themselves from the bottom of the Championship table under Michael O’Neill. They now sit 10 points clear of bottom spot, and are four points off of it too.
Campbell, however, hopefully won’t turn out to be a player who got away from our grasp. With nine goals to his name in 25 appearances, his goal record still isn’t swashbuckling (Transfermarkt).
However, in saying that, Campbell is only 20 years of age. He can play as a centre-forward and even has previous experience of playing out on the wide areas. Campbell also has two goals in two England under-20 appearances, showing that he is making waves at both club and international level.
Fortunately, the current Celtic situation when it comes to strikers isn’t one that screams crisis. Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard have managed 10 goals between them since returning from the winter break. With Patryk Klimala and Vakoun Bayo also available, there’s no regrets about missing out on Campbell for now.
As for McClean’s chances of ever signing for his boyhood heroes, the winger has just never managed to reach the level necessary. You’ll do well to find a more willing runner, but his end product throughout the years has left a lot to be desired. Scoring five goals and managing seven assists in 112 games for West Brom is a sign of that (Transfermarkt).
But in any case, at least he’s done us a favour here and made sure our rivals didn’t strengthen!