Celtic’s reported interest in teenager Jack Clarke looks like being a bit short lived after the winger closed in on a loan move to QPR.
Yesterday, we told you how Neil Lennon was keen to bring the Spurs man to Celtic Park. Football Insider reported that we had approached the London club after learning that Clarke was going to be allowed to leave on loan this month.
The idea of a move for the former Leeds United man was clearly shared by others though, and now it seems like he’ll be spending the second half of the season on loan with former Rangers boss Mark Warburton at QPR.
The Irish Mirror say that the Championship club are poised to beat a number of English sides, and ourselves, to his signature. And, in a cruel twist of fate, the youngster could make his Loftus Road debut against his beloved Leeds this weekend.
Clarke spent the first half of the season on loan at Marcelo Bielsa’s side after netting them £10million for his move to Spurs last summer. (BBC)
Would Clarke even have got a chance at Celtic?
We’ll never know just how serious the club were in a move for Clarke. Only Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond will know what they’re after this month and whether Clarke fitted into that idea.
There’s even an argument that we don’t really need to sign any wingers between now and February 1st. Scott Sinclair may already have departed, and Lewis Morgan may soon follow, but neither of those guys were genuine first picks anyway – on the wing at least.
We still have Mohamed Elyounoussi and Mikey Johnston as our options on the left, alongside Jonny Hayes if necessary, while the right wing has James Forrest and Marian Shved.
Lennon’s recent comments on the latter suggest he may see some game time soon. So where’s the need to recruit another winger?