Mark Warburton laughs off speculation over Celtic-linked Bright Osayi-Samuel's future

By David Walton

September 13, 2020

QPR boss Mark Warburton has discussed the speculation over Bright Osayi-Samuel’s future after a disappointing opening-day performance from him yesterday.

Osayi-Samuel failed to make any noticeable impact despite the fact his side cruised to a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest on opening day.

Celtic have been heavily linked with a move for the Nigerian winger over the past week too. The Scottish Sun reported that Neil Lennon is eyeing a move for him this summer, with head of recruitment Gary Penrice reportedly essential to any deal.

Reported Celtic target Bright Osayi-Samuel / (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

But speaking to London News Online, Warburton didn’t mention Celtic as he laughed off the speculation surrounding his key man.

“He’s going to so many clubs, AC Milan are next I guess! He’s a 21, 22-year-old dealing with this. It’s different club [every day], now apparently Rangers have apparently come in and now someone else has come in.

“He has to sit there, and his family have to deal with it as well, and it’s part and parcel of being an elite player. It’s part and parcel of having your profile raised in the game, but he’s dealing with it really well.

“He was frustrating in the changing room. I’m not divulging or breaking confidence here, he was frustrated he didn’t impact the game enough. I just said to him: ‘You can’t be a match-winner every week’. He’s got so much ability, so much talent and he’s a young lad dealing with all this media speculation.”

Osayi-Samuel still represents a valuable option for cover

It may have been a quiet afternoon for Osayi-Samuel yesterday, but his qualities are still very much admirable. With the pace he has, he would still provide some genuine high-quality cover for James Forrest.

Celtic simply need to sign-up a new right-winger before the end of the transfer window next month. Not doing so means the club is putting itself in a precarious situation down the right.

With QPR man Osayi-Samuel into the final year of his contract, it, therefore, represents a real bargain buy if the London side are willing to play ball.

Reported Celtic target Bright Osayi-Samuel / (Photo by Jacques Feeney/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

So far, there have been no reported offers from Parkhead. However, with 14 direct goal contributions in 40 appearances last season for a QPR side that struggled badly (Transfermarkt), it would be interesting to see what kind of damage he could do for a club like Celtic.

Regardless, there doesn’t appear to be too much to discuss until the Hoops launch a formal offer. Judging by Warburton’s comments here, that hasn’t been the case as of yet.

In other news, Celtic boss Neil Lennon was “really pleased” with a player he’s consistently been telling us is unfit.