Nigerian winger Bright Osayi-Samuel has been urged to snub speculation linking him with a move to Parkhead and sign a new deal with QPR.
The Scottish Sun reported earlier this month that Celtic boss Neil Lennon was looking to strike a deal for the QPR winger this summer. That’s despite the fact the Hoops can snap him up for free on a pre-contract deal in January given his current situation.
Osayi-Samuel has managed to bag 10 goals and 11 assists for the Rs in 95 appearances (Transfermarkt). He’s also played 90 minutes in all three of QPR’s games so far this season.
But speaking to West London Sport, first-team coach Neil Banfield has encouraged the player to stay at Loftus Road because he feels it’s what’s best for his development.
“We want him to stay and I think, for his own development, he should. If he starts really firing again – and we’re seeing signs of that – I think it’s going to be a great year for him. I think that, like Ebere Eze, he’ll have a good year, get goals and assists, and the big clubs will come in for him.
“Bright should stay. He’ll get a real good opportunity here at the Rangers. Sign your contract, play your football and become a better player. Then everything comes from that.
“With a young player, all those rumours going around must have an effect on them. It would only be natural. But he’s really knuckled down, is focused on doing well and I’m sure he will.”
An offer to Celtic or the Premier League and it’s a no-brainer
You can hardly blame Banfield for doing his best here. Osayi-Samuel is one of QPR’s biggest attacking threats – it’s no wonder he’s itching to keep him at the club for another campaign.
However, put it this way, if Celtic come calling or even a Premier League club, surely there’s only one thing he does with any potential new deal in London – rip it up.
Osayi-Samuel’s numbers certainly don’t impress, but it’s important to remember how poor QPR have been in recent years since they dropped down from the Premier League. Over the last three years, they’ve finished 18th, 19th, and 13th respectively. QPR have never finished in the top half of the Championship since being relegated back in 2015.
Considering the pace he has and the fact he’s managed over 170 appearances in the Championship at just 22, this could still be worth taking a punt on.
It’ll also be interesting to see what kind of an offer QPR would be willing to accept for his services. Given his importance to the team, it’s highly unlikely a nominal fee would be enough to snap him up.
But as things stand, Celtic’s reported interest from earlier in the month doesn’t seem to have developed further. It’s a case of watch this space with this one.