Our View: One factor could determine Celtic chances of signing Josh Murphy

By John Reid

February 6, 2020

Celtic were keen on signing a winger in the last transfer window. We know this as the club pursued Newcastle’s Christian Atsu on transfer deadline day, but Sky Sports reported that the player elected to stay with the Premier League side.

In the end, no winger was signed, but another name that the Hoops tried to sign has emerged.

BBC Sport reported that the Hoops tried to sign Cardiff City’s Josh Murphy on a loan-to-buy move in the January window.

However, the move was rejected by the Championship side.

Celtic target Josh Murphy / (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Murphy joined Cardiff in 2018 from Norwich for a fee of £11 million, as reported by BBC Sport.

The player has not featured that often for the Bluebirds this season, and that could play a part in his future.

Not started a league game in 2020

He has not started a league game for Cardiff in 2020, with his starts restricted to FA Cup appearances. In fact, in five league games this calendar year Murphy has played a total of 20 minutes.

In all competitions this season, he has made 21 appearances, scoring four goals for Cardiff.

Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It will be worth watching to see how many more starts he makes for Cardiff this season now that they are no longer in the FA Cup.

That factor could determine his future at the Welsh side, and Celtic’s chances of signing the winger.

Potential move could depend on appearances

Should Murphy re-establish himself for Cardiff then you have to imagine that he won’t be making any move in the summer, to Celtic or any other team.

However, if he is still only a bit-part player come the end of the season then he might want to join another club, which could be Celtic.

Only time will tell on that front, but should Murphy continue to find it hard to get into the Cardiff side then he could be on the lookout for a new club in the summer.

It will be intriguing to see if Celtic are still interested in signing the player then.