Celtic linked Rakeem Harper reportedly in the stands at Parkhead on Sunday

By David Walton

May 21, 2019

West Brom contract rebel Rakeem Harper was reportedly in the stands at Celtic Park to watch the Hoops beat Hearts on Sunday.

According to the Daily Mail, the midfielder was at Parkhead with his representatives. The reason for Neil Lennon’s trip down south was apparently in order to take a look at Harper. Unfortunately, in that semi-final loss to Aston Villa, the West Brom star only made a late substitute appearance.

Harper was reportedly given a VIP tour of the club on Sunday. With Harper’s contract set to expire this summer, it looks like Celtic are in a good position to tie him up.

Rakeem Harper is out of contract at the end of the season (Harry Trump/Getty Images)

And, in an ironic turn of events, this is reportedly a deal that came to the club’s attention through Lee Congerton (Daily Mail). Congerton left Celtic for Leicester City earlier this month. But it clearly didn’t stop him from trying to find players for next season.

The Daily Mail also reports that West Brom have offered him a final contract. Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City, meanwhile, are both still interested in him too.

Is this the one area we don’t need recruits?

The central midfield picture is starting to become a little over-crowded at Parkhead. If the Hoops sign up Harper, he’ll join a plethora of talented midfielders in trying to make their mark for next season.

Youssouf Mulumbu will also be back at Parkhead this summer (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Olivier Ntcham, Nir Bitton, Eboue Kouassi, Ryan Christie, and Youssouf Mulumbu are all in the argument. It’s already extremely packed as it is, and departures this summer are surely likely.

Harper, meanwhile, has only made 23 appearances for the Baggies this term. But considering he’s into the final year of his contract, this isn’t a particularly bad return either.

Harper came through the youth system at West Brom (Matthew Ashton – AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images)

He’s also only had less than 20 starts during his time at West Brom, having come through the club’s youth academy. He’s one with a lot to prove, but a potentially exciting signing if Celtic do get him over the line.

It would also certainly open the question of who’s set to depart Parkhead this season too.