Jack Clarke was "interested" in Celtic move this month - report

By Hamish Carton

January 15, 2020

Tottenham Hotspur attacker Jack Clarke was “interested” in a move to Celtic this month, but the club moved too late – according to a report.

Football Insider say that Neil Lennon’s men are set to miss out on the 19-year-old – who moved from Leeds United to London for £10million (BBC) last July.

Jack Clarke playing for Leeds United (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

They say that a “Spurs source” detailed that Clarke “was interested” in our offer but he “was already in negotiations to join QPR on loan” by that point.

They also say that Clarke’s move to join Mark Waburton’s men will be “announced imminently” and he could make his debut this weekend against his former side Leeds.

QPR boss Mark Warburton (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Not getting Clarke can’t be seen as a big blow for Celtic

On the face of it, signing a £10million man, albeit on loan, would’ve seemed pretty good business for us this month.

Clarke clearly has some sort of quality for Spurs to have spent such a big sum on him last summer.

However, it is easy to forget that Oliver Burke had a similarly large fee associated with him when he joined us last January.

The Scotland winger was a failure in his time at Parkhead despite getting off to a good initial start. His application was often in question, as was his ability when it really counted.

Celtic flop Oliver Burke (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Celtic could do without similar signings this month with so much on the line in the coming months.

Loan deals should be reserved for players who can add something extra to our first-team – like has been seen with both Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi.

We have had some success with youngster on loan in recent years – see Paddy Roberts and Jason Denayer as obvious examples.

But with so much on the line, you feel like we should have bigger priorities than improving other team’s hot prospects.

That’s why missing out on Clarke can’t be seen as a big blow.