Celtic linked Stephen O'Donnell reportedly turns down new deal

By Hamish Carton

August 6, 2019

It looks like Celtic linked full-back Stephen O’Donnell may be leaving Kilmarnock sooner rather than later.

The Scottish Sun are reporting that the 27-year-old has turned down a new three-year deal at the Rugby Park club. O’Donnell is out of contract at the end of this season but could talk to clubs as early as January.

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Celtic were linked with a move for him earlier on in the summer but the trail seems to have gone cold in recent weeks.

Celtic should steer clear of O’Donnell

The right-back is the second Celtic linked Scottish player in as many days to hand in a transfer request. On Monday, Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna signalled his intent to leave Pittodrie. While there are differences between McKenna and O’Donnell, Celtic should stear clear of both.

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O’Donnell would cost a fraction of the money being talked about for McKenna. However, the blunt truth is that we could do much better than him.

The Killie full-back is a decent enough player who is enjoying some of his best days as a footballer. But he’s nowhere near good enough for our first-team. If he was brought in he would be coming in solely as a back-up option, and what’s the point in that?

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You want players who can challenge for a starting spot and help to keep the pressure on the first-team picks to keep performing. O’Donnell simply isn’t of that standard.

Thankfully it looks like the club realise that.