Former Rangers boss claims Celtic could yet land Osayi-Samuel

By Euan Davidson

January 9, 2021

According to former Rangers boss Mark Warburton, Celtic are still in with a shot of landing Bright Osayi-Samuel.

In comments made to West London Sport, QPR manager Warburton suggested that the winger’s rumoured move to Fenerbahçe wasn’t guaranteed.

This means both Celtic and Rangers have a shot at landing Osayi-Samuel. The wide man turned down a £4.7m move to Club Brugge in the summer, with Crystal Palace also interested (West London Sport).

Warburton, who once inspired Rangers supporters to wear bread wrappers over their heads (Daily Mail), was frank about his winger’s transfer situation:

“Apparently he’s going to Celtic and Fenerbahce and Rangers as well. I hope he’s got a good passport.

“It’s all rumours and it keeps the media going. My only concern is Bright working hard, training well and performing well.”

 

Mark Warburton in battle against Celtic / (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Long-rumoured Celtic target Osayi-Samuel still available

Earlier this week, Turkish media outlet Aksam had reported that Celtic-linked Bright Osayi-Samuel had all but agreed to sign for Fenerbahce.

The Nigerian winger’s deal with the Turkish giants looked done. For all intents and purposes, by today, it was perceived that the ink would be dry.

Warburton’s comments released today indicate that’s not the case. With Celtic needing depth in wide positions, 23-year-old Osayi-Samuel looks like a promising talent, with 6 goal involvements in 22 games this season (Transfermarkt).

Not quite the finished article, the Nigerian’s end-product needs to improve. However, his frightening pace would be a real asset to Celtic, especially in domestic competition.

Much like Alfie Doughty, however, Celtic face competition from city rivals Rangers. It’s always the case; if we’re linked with a player, so are they.

The prospect of Doughty and Osayi-Samuel patrolling the wings for Celtic is tantalising. Mohammed Elyounoussi is only at Celtic temporarily, while James Forrest and Mikey Johnston have been injured. Whether signings are made now or the summer, the lack of depth on the wings for Celtic remains a problem area for Nick Hammond.

Warburton’s comments suggest that Celtic are not out of this hunt quite yet.