Celtic are reportedly interested in taking Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson on loan.
The Englishman managed nine appearances for the Gunners this season, but has only played four Premier League matches over the last two years. He’s been out of favour at the Emirates Stadium for some time now.
Yet, according to the Daily Mail (16/06, back page), Celtic could be likely to sniff around for a loan move. That comes with the Daily Mail also stating in the same piece that a move for George Baldock is now unlikely.
Celtic, as we all know, are well in the market for a right-back addition or two. Jeremy Toljan and Cristian Gamboa have now left the club. Mikael Lustig, meanwhile, hasn’t committed to Celtic yet either. His future remains up in the air.
And that could apparently lead Celtic to borrow Jenkinson in a bid to ease the crisis.
Something more permanent please Celtic
We struggle to believe that Celtic would go down this route. There shouldn’t be any emergencies when it comes to rebuilding at right-back. Celtic surely have a list of targets they can go for on permanent switches.
Right-back has been a real problem position for some time now. It’s an area of the squad where the board needs to seriously splash out and do something about, regardless of whether Lustig stays or not.
Bringing in Jenkinson for a year would seriously underwhelm many fans. Of course, given how far he is down the pecking order at Arsenal, there’s no reason it couldn’t become permanent after any potential loan. He’s also had loan stints at West Ham United and Birmingham City too.
Question marks should also be asked of why a move for Baldock would be unlikely. After all, he only has one year left on his contract (Transfermarkt). Therefore, if Celtic want to make a move for him, the time would be now.
Celtic could do with showing some ambition for a position that’s been bothering supporters for some time. A loan for a year isn’t doing anyone any favours. We need something permanent, a right-back we can put our faith in for the long-term.
A year-long loan deal for Jenkinson isn’t something that would send out the right message.