The latest reported Premier League interest in Jarrad Branthwaite shouldn’t dissuade Celtic from making a move should we want him.
The Daily Mail has stated that both Liverpool and Chelsea are now monitoring the Carlisle United centre-back. Carlisle also expect to sell their defender this season according to the report.
Branthwaite has only made 10 appearances for the Carlisle first-team (Transfermarkt). However, despite that, interest in his services appears to be high ahead of a crucial summer. Celtic were originally linked with a move for Branthwaite in the Scottish Sun at the start of December.
Celtic had apparently been scouting the £1million-rated starlet, with Nicky Hammond himself paying Carlisle a visit (Scottish Sun).
The Shields Gazzette has also reported that Newcastle United have first refusal on the youngster, with Leicester City also apparently keen too. Therefore, Branthwaite has quite the number of sides apparently vying for his signature.
Celtic can offer Branthwaite a clear progression path
When names such as Liverpool and Chelsea come into the mix, it can be a bit of an eye-roller. Clubs of that size, particularly Premier League clubs, can easily sway targets with their name and profile alone.
However, this shouldn’t dissuade Celtic. Sure, all of the clubs in the Premier League have more money than us. That’s undoubted. But we can offer Branthwaite something the rest likely can’t – potential first-team football in the long-term.
Should he join a Chelsea or Liverpool, it would be extremely tough for him to ever break into either side. The same goes for Leicester and Newcastle United. Why? Because clubs in England prefer to spend their way out of trouble.
If any of the four clubs mentioned above need a new centre-back, their first reaction will be to go out and buy one.
Meanwhile, look at the players currently in Celtic’s first-team. Callum McGregor, James Forrest, and Mikey Johnston have all come through the youth system to become key players. In recent years, the likes of Scott Robertson, Karamoko Dembele, Anthony Ralston, Ewan Henderson, and Jack Aitchison have all made appearances from the youth set-up too.
The path is there for Branthwaite at Celtic if he chooses to come here. It’s not all about Premier League riches. If he’s good enough in the future, that will likely come for him anyway. There’s nothing wrong with presenting our case, regardless of the names that continue to be linked with him.