Would signing Jordon Ibe be a big mistake for Celtic?

By Hamish Carton

August 15, 2019

Celtic are said to be looking at the possibility of taking Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe on loan this summer.

The Scottish Sun are reporting that the Hoops are keen to take the 23-year-old on board for the season in an aim to bolster their attacking options.

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Ibe, who joined Bournemouth for £15million in 2016, started just nine of their 38 Premier League games last season and was on the bench for this season’s opener against Sheffield United.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe is now understood to have a decision to make on whether he needs Ibe or not. It all seems to hinge around recent signing Arnaut Danjuma’s foot injury. The former Club Brugge man is waiting for results from a recent scan with the outcome likely to determine whether Ibe can move or not.

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Are Celtic making a mistake by moving for Ibe?

The move for Ibe seems a little too like last January’s window for a lot of fans liking. The Englishman clearly has a lot of talent after making a decent breakthrough at Liverpool not so long ago.

He would add a real goal threat to our play but, with Mikey Johnston and James Forrest playing so well, do we really need him? The youngster plays predominately off the right hand side and Celtic are blessed for players in that position. We have stand-out Forrest as well as the hotly-tipped Marian Shved.

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The nature of the deal would ring some alarm bells too. In January we signed the likes of Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke as short-term stop-gaps. A move for Ibe has the same feeling to it and that won’t appease supporters after the Euro elimination.

Fans will want to see proper money shelled out on talented players who can improve the team instantly but also stick around for at least a few years. Signing Ibe on a loan deal when we already have good options in his position seems a little bit needless. Not to mention desperate.