Reported Celtic interest in Billy Sharp doesn't make sense

By John Reid

January 2, 2020

Now that the January transfer window is open, Celtic will no doubt be linked with a host of players. The fact that the Hoops recently lost to Rangers will only increase the need for new faces at the club. Neil Lennon will be keen to add a striker to the club, to help Odsonne Edouard.

However, one name that has been mentioned recently in connection with Celtic doesn’t make sense.

The Guardian recently reported that ‘clubs including Celtic have expressed an interest’ in signing Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp.

Now, it makes sense that Celtic will be interested in signing a striker. But it is a bit of a puzzle if Sharp is that player. There is no doubt that Sharp has been a good player over the years.

Player seems to be near the end of his career

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However, he is now 33, and is coming towards the end of his career. That is not really the age of a player that the Hoops will be looking to bring in during the January window, you would imagine.

There is also the fact that he has played 11 games this season and scored only once to take into account. That isn’t the record of a player that you want to hit the ground running in a title race.

Linked with a move to the Hoops seven years ago

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Interestingly, Sharp was linked with a move to Celtic during Neil Lennon’s first spell as Hoops boss. That was back in 2013 when Sharp was at Southampton, which is seven years ago.

However, the time is not right for the Hoops to make a move for Sharp this time around. If the player had a better scoring record then maybe there could be some merit in the move. However, his poor record this season means that the Hoops should not make a move for the player.

Celtic need a player in January who will add goals to the team, at this moment in his career, that isn’t Billy Sharp.