Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes says that Celtic linked forward Tyrese Campbell was “minded to leave the club” in January before “quickly” changing his mind.

The young striker was linked with a move to Neil Lennon’s men throughout the month with the Daily Mail one of the many outlets detailing our intention to move for him.

No move materialised and Campbell instead penned a new deal with the Potters under boss Michael O’Neill.

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Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill

Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

And now Scholes have given an interesting insight into what really went on at the Championship club last month.

“It was a big statement from him because we had an awful lot of interest from him from good clubs,” Scholes said of Campbell on BBC Radio Stoke. (around 7pm on 12/2/2020)

“Tyrese changed his mind very quickly. He was consistent all the way through that it was a football decision and wanting to go somewhere he had an opportunity to play.

Campbell celebrates after scoring

Campbell celebrates after scoring (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

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“When that was demonstrated by Michael in selection and the relationship they built on the training ground, Tyrese changed his mind.

“Tyrese was minded to leave the club but thanks to Michael he decided to stay and that should give us all encouragement.”

Time will tell whether we’ve missed out on Campbell

Time will tell how we look back at not attaining Campbell.

At the age of 20 he clearly has a lot of potential and would undoubtedly have scored goals up here – given his recent record of four goals in his last six Championship starts.

But you question if he would have got much game time in the current Hoops set-up anyway had he moved last month.

Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths

Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths have been two of our standout players since the turn of the year and it would be hard to see many players keeping either of them out of the team.

We’ve decided to go down a similar path with Patryk Klimala. The Pole is only a year older than Campbell and has a similar recent scoring record.

Only the future will tell us whether we made the right decision or not.

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