The name Jordon Ibe was mentioned in conjunction with Celtic a fair bit during the summer.
The English winger was a reported loan target for Neil Lennon back in mid-August, with the Scottish Sun one of the many outlets to run the story.
For whatever reason, the move didn’t come to pass. It certainly wasn’t because Ibe’s club Bournemouth had plans for him in their first-team.
The former Liverpool youngster has made just two Premier League appearances for them this term, with his last one coming all the way back in August.
He has quite literally been left in the wilderness by the Premier League outfit.
Ibe has had his injury problems to contend with in fairness. He recently missed some time out with a hamstring issue but returned for the club’s under-21s and scored as they won in midweek. (Bournemouth Echo)
Ibe is a perfect Boyle alternative for Celtic
That return could have come at just the right time for Ibe and Celtic. The Englishman, who the Cherries shelled out £15million for in 2016 (BBC), has fallen massively from grace to the extent where he found himself up against local side Sholing the other night.
While that kind of recent history may not be appetizing for many Celtic fans, it is important to remember that we also plucked Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi from similar obscurity at Southampton earlier this campaign.
The recent reports of the club watching Martin Boyle in action suggest that Neil Lennon is still keen to bring another right-winger in.
Ibe plays predominately on that side, although he can also switch to the left.
There would be little risk in a six month loan deal. If he succeeds then we’d be laughing.
If not then we write it off and move on.