Billy Stark "can't speak highly enough" of promising Celtic transfer target

By John McGinley

March 12, 2021

Former Celtic player and coach Billy Stark has been talking up the ability of reported transfer target Kyle Joseph this week.

As we discussed earlier this month, The Scottish Daily Mail have reported that the Bhoys are closing in on signing the young Wigan attacker on a pre-contract basis.

Celtic have already agreed to a similar move for Liam Shaw, who officially arrives at Celtic Park this July after the expiration of his Sheffield Wednesday deal.

Stark works with Joseph as part of the Scotland U19s set-up and is full of praise for the striker.

Speaking to Herald Sport this week (11/03 print edition, page 6), the former Celtic man said: “He’s six foot two, he’s mobile, and he’s improved I must say. Technically he wasn’t the best when we first had him, we definitely felt it wasn’t the strongest part of his game coming towards the ball and having his back to goal, that sort of thing.

“What he has got is pace, a great appetite to run and work for the team, and his goalscoring record throughout the levels was excellent at Wigan. He’s injured just now, but he’s carried that on in the first-team, most notably scoring a hat-trick.

“His finishing has improved as well, so he’s a great package for any club at 19-years-old, and there is plenty of room still for improvement too. The basics are there to improve him, and he’s a boy who is desperate to learn. I can’t speak highly enough of him.”

Kyle Joseph potential worth biting on for Celtic

Stark goes on to praise Joseph’s physicality and warns Celtic that a number of big clubs are no doubt tracking his progress.

Joseph certainly sounds like an exciting prospect and on a cross-border compensation basis, signing up him would be a welcome development.

The future of the striking department at Celtic Park is pretty bleak with Odsonne Edouard set to exit this summer, Leigh Griffiths’ contract expiring and both Albian Ajeti & Patryk Klimala failing to seize their moments.

Celtic target Kyle Joseph has scored 5 goals in 12 starts for Wigan / (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images)

Joseph may not be a ready-made replacement but could have the attributes to be moulded into a quality striker over the next couple of years, especially with the right coach in charge.

Certainly, a name to keep in our sights as the club embark on a rebuild.

In other news, the Scottish Government make it clear that Celtic should not be tarnished by shameful Glasgow scenes.