Stoke boss hopes to keep reported Celtic target Tyrese Campbell

By John Reid

January 10, 2020

Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill has detailed the talks he has had with reported Celtic target Tyrese Campbell about keeping him at the Championship side.

The Daily Record reported on Friday that the Hoops – and city rivals Rangers – have informed Stoke that they plan to hold pre-contact talks with the player. Both Glasgow sides can sign the player for around £400,00 thanks to cross-border compensation.

Now O’Neill has disclosed what he has been discussing with Campbell, as he tries to keep him at The Potters.

“Ty’s contract obviously expires at the end of the season, which is a difficult situation because he’s particularly affordable for the likes of Celtic and Rangers because of the cross border compensation” he said, as quoted by Stoke-on-Trent Live.

“I believe his future lies here”

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“I’ve been very direct with Ty. I believe his future lies here. I think he will certainly get a lot more game time here than possibly at those two clubs. And that’s what Ty wants, he wants to play, so that’s a positive.”

So what it might come down to is how much game time Campbell could get at Celtic. O’Neill obvious thinks he will get more at Stoke, which could be the case, at least at first.

Hoops boss more than willing to give players game time

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However, Neil Lennon hasn’t been afraid to give youth players a chance. Look at the emergence of Jeremie Frimpong. Campbell is more experienced than Frimpong, as he is 20. However, like the Hoops full-back, he is at the start of his career.

Celtic don’t have that many forward players who feature every week. The only striker who seems to be guaranteed a start is Odsonne Edouard. The other forwards – Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Bayo – have been limited to appearances from off the bench.

Therefore, Campbell looks to have as much chance as any other striker for featuring for the Hoops. But it is the player himself who will make the final decision. Hopefully he chooses wisely, and joins Celtic.