English clubs table £3m worth of bids for Ryan Porteous and Kevin Nisbet; Celtic should be keeping tabs

By John McGinley

January 28, 2021

Two of Scottish football’s more promising prospects, Ryan Porteous and Kevin Nisbet, could be on their way to England after reported bids.

The Scottish Sun say that defender Porteous is the subject of a £1m bid from Millwall.

Elsewhere, the outlet reports a £2m bid on the table for striker Kevin Nisbet from Birmingham City.

Neither have been formally linked to Celtic this season. However, there has been chatter around their potential and suitability for a future move to Celtic Park.

Back in September, pundit Si Ferry tipped Nisbet as a player who has the potential to play for the Bhoys.

Porteous meanwhile won plaudits from the Celtic support for a combative display against Rangers in a 2-2 draw at Easter Road.

Celtic should be keeping an eye on both

Nisbet has scored 13 goals in 29 appearances for Hibs this season, assisting five more [Transfermarkt]. Two of his goals have come against Celtic in draws against the Edinburgh side.

The 23-year-old has been progressing well for years, scoring a barrel-load of goals at Raith Rovers and Dunfermline before his switch to Leith. His career, in some ways, reminds me of Leigh Griffiths’.

A fee of £2m doesn’t seem like an outrageous gamble for a player who has proven he can score regularly in Scotland.

Kevin Nisbet and Ryan Porteous are the subjects of bids from England / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Porteous is arguably an even more promising youngster. Still just 21, the Scotland youth international has impressed at Hibs, already making 77 appearances for the club.

Celtic require centre-half options with Christopher Jullien injured and Shane Duffy not up to scratch. At £1m, is it worth giving him a Celtic chance?

I hope that the club have considered both of these players closely. We shouldn’t be letting them leave for England without making a decision on both.

In other news, Bournemouth are trying to muscle in on the Celtic deal for Ben Davies.