Kyle Edwards confirms Ipswich Town move after summer Celtic speculation

By David Walton

August 9, 2021

Celtic-linked Kyle Edwards has today confirmed a move to Championship club Ipswich Town on a three-year contract.

The move was officially announced by the English club earlier today. It comes after a summer of speculation that involved a link to Celtic Park.

Edwards’ contract with West Bromwich Albion came to an end at the close of last season. Celtic had been initially linked with the player by Football Insider, who reported that the club was exploring a potential move for the winger. The Daily Record would then report that the Hoops were assessing the player’s wage demands.

In the end, a contract never appeared to have been offered to the player. Instead, he’s spent his time on trials with the likes of Reading and Bournemouth respectively.

Celtic, meanwhile, have yet to strengthen their left-wing. Liel Abada’s signing down the right flank, however, has given the Hoops the option to play James Forrest on the other side.

Edwards joins Ipswich Town in England’s second-tier having already made 32 appearances at that level [Transfermarkt].

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Kyle Edwards makes his move; Celtic fans won’t be irked

Edwards has plenty of potential, but it’s not potential that Celtic simply had to sign up. Four goals and five assists in 49 games for West Bromwich Albion is hardly the stuff of a must-sign player either [Transfermarkt].

It probably said a lot about Celtic’s interest that we were happy for him to go out on trial to two different clubs. There didn’t appear to be a lot of urgency from the outside for Celtic to get this one done.

Instead, Edwards joins up with Ipswich and finds himself a club in the Championship. If he impresses there, Celtic always have the option to revisit in the future.

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Celtic have major priorities to sort out in the transfer market still. Replacing Mohamed Elyounoussi remains one of them, but it’s not the main target the board will be focusing on.

Instead, we’ve still to upgrade on Anthony Ralston at right-back. The same goes for Greg Taylor down the other side. Not to mention another left-sided centre-back who’s comfortable in the position. A new striker should Odsonne Edouard depart must also be top of the agenda.

Edwards not signing at Celtic won’t ever come back to bite us. But it’ll still be interesting to see how the club tackles the left-wing position.

In other news, Report: Celtic-linked Ben Davies ready to leave Liverpool; Sheffield United making moves