Celtic-linked Carl Jenkinson in reported talks with Nottingham Forest

By David Walton

August 6, 2019

Celtic-linked Carl Jenkinson is reportedly in talks with Nottingham Forest over a potential loan deal from Arsenal.

According to Chief Football writer for the Guardian, Daniel Taylor, discussions are underway between Forest and the Gunners. A loan move looks the most likely, but nothing seems to have been ruled out at the moment.

The deadline for transfers in England is on Thursday. Time is running out to get a deal done for potential targets, and it’s likely that this is when we’ll see Celtic strike further on deals.

Jenkinson, however, was linked with a move to Parkhead earlier this summer (Daily Mail, 16/06, back page). That was also to be a loan deal, but no movement came after the speculation.

Jenkinson looks out of the first-team picture in North London. He managed just nine appearances last season, and has been out on loan at West Ham recently. As it stands, it looks like a loan move could once again be on the agenda for him.

Celtic don’t look like having any intention to sign Carl Jenkinson

There appears to be nothing on the horizon that suggests we’re interested in following up any speculated interest in this one. Celtic haven’t been mentioned in the conversation for Jenkinson over the last month or so.

Hatem Abd Elhamed’s signing could rule out a move for Jenkinson (Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

But if we are to make a move, now would be the time to do it. A switch to Forest could be a hugely attractive proposition for him. And with the transfer window in England over this week, it could get done quickly.

Let’s not forget something – we still haven’t signed a back-up right back. Someone to compete with Hatem Abd Elhamed must be one of our main priorities before the window shuts. It doesn’t matter how much money we spend on it, but it has to be the right choice.

Celtic need to revive the deal now if we want him (James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Jenkinson, of course, would hardly be likely to come up to Scotland if he wasn’t going to play much. If it was as first-choice, then it could be a goer, but Elhamed is clearly the man we’ve chosen to replace Mikael Lustig.

It seems unlikely, but if Celtic want to get a deal for Jenkinson done, now is the time to do it. Will we see him at Parkhead? Probably not.