Should Celtic make the no-risk offer for Jordan Jones?

By David Walton

November 24, 2018

Left-wing isn’t an area Celtic need to strengthen in, but should they make a no-risk offer for Jordan Jones?

Jones has consistently tormented Celtic over the last few years. His dazzling footwork down the left is a constant problem for Mikael Lustig. He already has two goals at Parkhead, but for Kilmarnock.

He’s also starting to become a regular for the Northern Ireland national squad. Jones has earned caps against Switzerland, Republic of Ireland, and Austria respectively. He’s a consistently-improving winger, and has the potential to be a huge asset for Celtic.

Jordan Jones has netted twice at Celtic Park (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Fingers will point to whether he’s good enough to dislodge Scott Sincair. Yet, whilst the Englishman has been returning to a bit of form, he’s still a long way off the player he was in his first campaign.

Lewis Morgan has also yet to show that he’s any better than Jones going forward. The youngster has yet to experience a run of games, but is lacking in confidence early on in his Celtic career. Already, it looks as though the winger is going to have to bulk up before becoming a Hoops regular.

The same can easily be said of Michael Johnston. He’s widely-regarded as the third-choice left-winger at the club, and is also far too easily brushed off possession. A loan spell for both men in the Premiership could do them the world of good.

The time to swoop?

As for Jones, however, it would represent a no-risk deal for Celtic. With the winger in the final year of his contract, Celtic could pick him up for a small fee in January.

If the Hoops truly wanted to wait until the summer, they could sign him up on a pre-contract for nothing. Considering how often he torments Celtic under Steve Clarke, this would be a wise deal for the Hoops.

Jordan Jones is now thriving at international level (Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He’s also a constant thorn in the side of teams such as Rangers and Aberdeen. He’s become one of Scottish football’s real revelations, and deserves a chance to shine for the top side in the country.

If Jones didn’t work out, it would be easy for Celtic to move him on. They also wouldn’t be making a loss if they signed him up on a pre-contract.

It seems silly for Celtic to let such a direct and energetic young talent leave their grasp. Particularly a player who continuously torments the Hoops so often. It’s even fair to say that Killie’s unbeaten run against Celtic under Clarke has been largely down to Jones.

It’s a no-risk deal, so do you think Celtic should make the move for Killie’s hot-shot?