Report states Bright Osayi-Samuel remains on Celtic's radar; Warburton discusses contract talks
The Evening Standard has reported that QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel remains on Celtic’s radar after the player remained with the Championship side beyond the transfer window.
Celtic were initially linked with the Nigerian winger in the summer, with the Scottish Sun reporting that Neil Lennon wanted a deal done before the window closed. However, it didn’t come to fruition, with Osayi-Samuel entering the final year of his contract.
With contract talks appearing to stall, QPR boss Mark Warburton has claimed he dropped him for Tuesday night’s 3-0 loss in Barnsley as his head wasn’t in the right place.
But even so, Warburton also remains hopeful that a deal can be done to keep the 22-year-old in London for the long-term.
As quoted by the Evening Standard, Warburton said: “Absolutely there is hope with Brighty. He is in a very good place at the club. He is developing at the club. I hope very much he can see that is the case.
“The contractual talks have been ongoing for a while now. He is a great lad Brighty, you know what I think of him, but his head has got to be in the right place for a game of football.
“I just felt tonight it wasn’t right for Brighty and for the team as well, because there is a lot of boys working really hard and it does them good to have a think about things. As I say, contractual discussions move along at certain paces, and right now I just wanted Brighty to have a clear head and make the right decision.”
Clearly more going on than Warburton is letting on
These comments are interesting from Warburton, and it looks quite clear that not everything is as it seems.
After all, he failed to go into any detail on how Osayi-Samuel wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play. At face value, it just looks like a punishment for stalled contract talks.
In addition to that, he talks about hoping that the winger sees his future at QPR. If that was the case, then surely the Nigerian international would be letting his manager know that and would sign the contract immediately.
From a Celtic perspective, it’s one to keep an eye on. We haven’t been blessed when it comes to our options down the flanks this season. Only Jeremie Frimpong is available as a natural right-winger at the moment, whilst the same can be said for the disappointing Mohamed Elyounoussi on the other side.
Osayi-Samuel would arrive with experience down both flanks, and, perhaps most importantly, pace. That’s something we currently lack in our forward play at the moment, and the QPR man could help to improve that aspect of our game, especially if he can function well down the left.
So far this season, Osayi-Samuel has only managed one goal and one assist in eight games (Transfermarkt). It’s hardly knockout stuff. But considering he’s into the final year of his contract in London, you can’t blame him if he has one eye elsewhere.