Celtic linked winger has physical tools for Hoops success says Alan Stubbs
Alan Stubbs has backed Celtic linked winger Martin Boyle to shine if he does get a move to Parkhead this January transfer window.
Boyle has been prominently linked with Celtic again, with The Times reporting that the Hoops were eyeing a bid for the £3m-rated Australia international.
And while no formal bid has been made yet, according to Edinburgh Evening News, the manager who brought him to Hibernian believes Boyle can be a success at Celtic. That’s largely down to the physical tools and acceleration that’s made the winger popular in Leith.
Stubbs, who won the 97-98 title with Celtic, as well as a treble in 00-01, said of Boyle [Herald]: “First of all, I wouldn’t want to see Hibs lose him, but if he is going to go then I think Celtic would be a good fit for him.
“If you consider the way that Ange wants to play, he wants to play on the front foot and Martin does that really well in terms of closing the opposition down high up the pitch.
“Then, obviously, from a counter-attacking point of view he fits into that because he’s so quick.
“What Martin has done very well, not just in terms of his assists but his goals too, is add that composure to his game. Even in front of goal, he looks a lot more composed and assured, and the same in wide areas.
“When you look now at someone that is playing at the top of his game, you can see why Celtic are interested in him.”
Alan Stubbs knows what he’s talking about when it comes to reported Celtic target Martin Boyle
There are few better than Alan Stubbs to talk about what Martin Boyle can bring to a team. After all, it was him who made the move to bring him from Dundee. It was a transfer that was questioned at the time.
63 goals, 53 assists and 264 games for Hibs later [Transfermarkt], it’s hard to imagine that any questions remain.
As for Celtic, we’ve discussed whether he’s a good fit. From a Celtic perspective, it’s hard to argue against; with the title race firmly on, having proven match-winners from the Scottish top flight can only be a good thing.
There’s no period of adjustment, he’s a player Ange Postecoglou knows, and he’s found the net against our biggest rivals more than once.
However, as Scott McDonald explored yesterday, it’s a difficult choice for Boyle, who wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter. At 28-years-old, it could be a big decision to make.
Whether an approach from Celtic for Boyle comes to fruition, it’s clear he’s got backing. That’s from plenty of Celtic fans, but also from the manager who gave him a platform to shine for Hibernian.