It doesn’t look like Celtic are going to be signing Jordon Ibe this summer.
That’s after his boss Eddie Howe said he still had a role to play at Bournemouth. On Thursday, the Scottish Sun linked the Hoops with a season-long loan move for the 23-year-old who has been largely out of favour at the Cherries.
Ibe started just nine of Bournemouth’s 38 Premier League matches last season and was an unused sub in this season’s opener. But despite that, Howe still wants to keep the former Liverpool man around.
Asked about the possibility of the winger moving away Howe said: “No, Jordon is an integral part of our squad.” (Bournemouth Echo)
Missing out on Ibe is no biggie for Celtic
The Ibe rumours will go down as one of the most bizarre in recent memory. The original Sun report linked Celtic with an interest in the Englishman before going on to list several reasons why the move wouldn’t happen.
The fact Howe has shot down the move so quickly also shows that there was little to it in the first place. A loan move for Ibe may have worked for Celtic in the short term but if there’s one lesson that we learned from last season’s shenanigans then it should be that loans are best to avoid.
We took in similar wingers Oli Burke and Timothy Weah last season. Both left in a pretty unflattering manner with Weah not even seeing out the length of his loan. It’s clear that neither, nor Jeremy Toljan, were properly committed to the club.
Celtic need players who are ready to dig in and win for the club this season. Make no mistake about it, we are in a big battle to secure nine-in-a-row. Things are a struggle right now and we need players who are ready to stand up.
Ibe may have given us more impetus going forward but could you really hang your hat on him to pull up the sleeves at our most crucial points? The jury is out.