Reported Celtic target Joel Randall is to miss the rest of the 20-21 season.
Devon Live originally reported Celtic’s interest in January, after Charlton had two bids rejected [Devon Live]. Randall has been described as the “next Ollie Watkins” by Exeter City boss Matt Taylor. With the Bhoys requiring reinforcements up front, and an expensive rebuild ahead, interest in Randall is no surprise.
The Salisbury-born forward has 8 league goals and 2 FA Cup strikes to his name this season [Transfermarkt]. However, that’ll be all the 21-year-old does in 20-21, according to Devon Live. A hamstring injury picked up against Hoops youngster Lee O’Connor’s Tranmere Rovers side, in the act of scoring a goal, caused him to be stretchered off.
Exeter City boss Matt Taylor said [Devon Live]:
“The results weren’t as bad as they could have been in terms of a hamstring tear, but it is still a significant tear. So nothing has changed with what we see for Joeller for the rest of the season.
“In terms of a young player who could have suffered a total tear, a really bad grade three tear, we expect it to be an eight-week job as opposed to 12, or even longer than that if he needed surgery, so we are really pleased.
“That’s a really big moment for Joeller because he is such a dynamic player and he will need those hamstrings to serve him well in the future. As disappointed as he was in terms of picking up the injury and probably being ruled out for the rest of the season, it’s good news in relation to how bad that tear is.”
Celtic fans will be watching Joel Randall situation with interest
Hamstring injuries are, of course, a pretty common knock. For wingers and attacking players in general, however, they can be detrimental long-term. Unresolved hamstring injuries can dramatically slow players down.
Rushing Randall back, then, is not on the agenda. It’s very possible the Exeter City player has pulled on the Grecians’ shirt for the final time.
As far as the Bhoys go, this might not affect a Randall pursuit too much. His output on the wing is impressive enough to warrant interest; in League Two, he averages 1.2 key passes a game, and has 4 league assists this season [WhoScored?]. Considering how much more chances Celtic create, his numbers would balloon at Paradise.
So, it’s not great news on Randall, but it’s hardly catastrophic either. With interest surely set to hot up in the summer, the Celtic hierarchy could well be considering a move.
Can we please, though, not refer to him as “Joeller” if he does adorn the famous Green and White?