Celtic have reportedly been struck with the news that Tyrese Campbell wouldn’t be interested in moving to Parkhead.
According to a report in the Daily Record, the Hoops have been informed that the Englishman would rather sign for Rangers if he came to Scotland. That’s despite the fact he’s yet to actually make a definite decision on where his future lies.
Celtic were first revealed to have been interested in the striker by the Record back in December. They stated then that Nick Hammond had been made aware of Campbell’s current situation.
The striker is out of contract at the end of the season, with Stoke boss Michael O’Neill stating that they’d made him “a very good offer” to stay in the Championship (Daily Record).
The dropping of interest also comes after Celtic signed Patryk Klimala last week for £3.5m (Scottish Sun).
A blow, but nothing more than a minor one
Campbell is perfectly entitled to move wherever he wants. If he believes that he’ll have a better chance of success or gaining regular football at Rangers, then it’s his decision to make.
Looking at things from a Celtic perspective, however, it’s nothing more than a minor disappointment. Campbell has only scored five goals in 22 senior appearances for Stoke this season (Transfermarkt). He may have potential, but his stats certainly don’t blow you away.
We’re also stacked with strikers now. According to the Scottish Daily Mail (20/01, page 86), Celtic had cooled their interest in Dundee United forward Lawrence Shankland because of the Klimala signing. So, if that’s the case, the club clearly doesn’t feel another striker is a major necessity anyway.
It’ll be interesting to see if Celtic still give it a go in any case. After all, who’s to say that Campbell can’t be swayed after listening to what Neil Lennon has to say? Our next move here will be telling regarding how much we want the Stoke man.
But if we don’t sign him, we still have Klimala, Odsonne Edouard, and Leigh Griffiths in any case. Griff looks like he could be on a comeback trail with two goals in two games, so that could be an added positive for us moving forward.
The latest report is a blow, but it’s hardly going to prove telling in the title race. If the current squad continues to perform at its peak level then we’ll be absolutely fine.