Former Wales defender Sam Ricketts has backed reported Celtic target Tyrese Campbell for a move to Glasgow, and insisted that Neil Lennon’s men would be getting him on the cheap.
The 20-year-old, who has struck three goals in his last five appearances for Stoke, is a target for the Hoops this month according to the Daily Record. The paper reported, just last week, that both ourselves and Rangers had informed the Potters that we’d like to hold pre-contract talks with the England youth international.
Campbell is out of contract this summer and would be available for around £400,000 in training compensation. And Shrewsbury boss Ricketts, who had Campbell on loan last season, has given a ringing endorsement of the forward’s suitability for a move to Glasgow.
He told the Daily Record: “If Tyrese was under contract he would cost a good few million so the Old Firm would be getting him on the cheap – extremely cheap – at a fee in the region of £400,000.
“A move to either of the Old Firm wouldn’t faze him. He went away with the England Under-20 team for the first time late last year and scored twice in a 4-0 win over Portugal.
“He’s a goalscorer – give him the ball and he’ll score. He has been around football long enough with his dad that he would embrace the challenge of a big move.
“He has the mentality but most importantly has the quality to perform because if you produce the goods then pressure eases.
“He’s lightning quick and left footed. He can score a goal out of nothing. He’ll pass it into the back of the net and can thump it into the back of the net too.”
Ricketts clearly liked having Campbell
The words of former managers should always be taken with a pinch of salt. However, Ricketts does seem like a pretty big fan of Campbell with his words on us potentially securing an “extremely cheap” deal for him ringing loud and clear.
At £400,000, it is definitely worth taking the risk on the youngster. He’s been capped at under-20 international level with England and has scored for fun for Stoke’s under-23 side so far this season. The Potters may be struggling a little in the Championship at present but the fact that Campbell is featuring regularly for them is a real positive.
We may be very close to signing Polish striker Patryk Klimala and it will be interesting to see if that has any effect on a move for Campbell. You would think not. Campbell was always going to be one for the end of the season given his contract situation, while we knew we also needed someone in this month.
But with Klimala, Edouard, Griffiths, Bayo and Afolabi on board – our striking position does seem a bit overcrowded.