QPR and ex-Rangers manager Mark Warburton has opened the door for Celtic to come and sign star man Bright Osayi-Samuel in January.
Celtic were linked with a summer move for the tricky right-winger, who’s into the final year of his contract. The Scottish Sun reported that Neil Lennon wanted him in at Parkhead before the summer window closed, with former QPR scout Gerry Penrice at the heart of the move after he recommended him to the manager.
Yet in the end, an offer never seemed to be sent down to the Championship club. But despite that, the player has yet to sign a new contract at Loftus Road. He’s also bagged four direct goal contributions in 12 games for QPR, outlining his importance to their cause in the early stages of the season.
And after a goal and an assist against Rotherham last night, Warburton has now finally admitted he could sell his prized asset in January.
As quoted by London News Online, the QPR boss said: “Is there a chance (he leaves in January)? If someone wants to buy him, yes of course. If someone wants to buy him. But, obviously, there’s a compensation aspect in terms of Brighty. It’s a different situation to the other players in terms of the rulings.
“If someone wants to buy him, I’m sure they can, but every player in the world has got a price. As long as QPR get the right value… that’s life.
“Right now, all he’s concentrating on is playing football. That’s what he needs to do – enjoy his football, enjoy being a good player and enjoy playing for QPR.”
Osayi-Samuel still fits the bill at Parkhead
It seemed a good move to make during the summer, and several months on there remains a hole that Osayi-Samuel could fill nicely in Glasgow.
There’s absolutely no sign of right-winger James Forrest returning to the fold anytime soon. That’s left Neil Lennon throwing Ryan Christie out onto the right in what’s an unnatural position for the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle attacker. He’s more suited to a number 10 role, but the Hoops don’t have the personnel to move him.
Indeed, looking at our right-wing options is a grim sight. Outside of Forrest, there is no natural replacement. Celtic do have Jeremie Frimpong who could perhaps push up and be used as a right-winger, but his final ball is often lacking and it’s not what he’s been used to over the years.
It makes much more sense for us to go out and try to sign someone like Osayi-Samuel, who could be picked up for a cut-price figure and would come with plenty of experience at 22 years of age. Despite his young age, the Nigerian is one appearance away from 100 Championship games. He’s also bagged 27 League One and 31 League Two games for QPR and Blackpool respectively (Transfermarkt).
He also has massive sell-on potential given how young he is. Giving a talent like Osayi-Samuel – a player so effective in the Championship – a platform to strut his stuff is what Celtic is all about these days. Giving exciting youngsters an opportunity to develop and turn themselves into winners.
This looks like a deal we should be banging the door down for in January. Let’s see whether that is indeed the case.