Celtic-linked David Parkhouse has sealed a switch to Stevenage Town on loan after failing to make a breakthrough with Sheffield United.
Stevenage announced the decision earlier on this afternoon, with Parkhouse having spent the first half of the season on loan at Derry City.
The Derry Journal stated before the New Year that Celtic had been in contact with his agent and that we would be permitted to sign him up on a pre-contract, with his current deal with Sheffield up at the end of the season.
However, the Irish Sun believe that the Hoops have “cooled” their interest in him. That’s despite the fact he managed to score 19 goals in 39 games for Derry City over the last 12 months (Transfermarkt).
Parkhouse has yet to make a single appearance for Sheffield, however, and has been forced to drop down three divisions in a bid to get himself back in the spotlight.
Lack of an offer for Celtic suggests there’s no urgency
The Irish Sun report is pretty telling. The fact that Celtic haven’t made an offer shows our current stance on forwards. It’s no surprise to see us fail to bring another one in since the signing of Patryk Klimala.
Even if we did get in touch with his agent, there’s still nothing against us keeping tabs on him. Parkhouse could, in a way, be carrying out his Celtic audition down in League Two. A positive six months there could still put him back on our radar.
You can look at the striker’s record and question whether he’s proven himself yet. Goals with Derry City in the League of Ireland are all very well and good. However, at 20, he’ll need to prove this season that he’s a better option than Jonathan Afolabi, Kiaran McGrath, or Jack Aitchison if we’re to make any summer move.
Parkhouse has also played for Northern Ireland at under-21 level. However, he’s only scored one goal during that run – a debut strike against Estonia back in 2017 (Transfermarkt).
Celtic could very well be on the lookout for another forward in the summer. However, if any of Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, or Vakoun Bayo were to depart, we shouldn’t be replacing them with a player who would likely be going into the development squad.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. However, at face value, it does look as though Celtic may have dropped any immediate interest we originally had.