Liverpool's Harry Wilson said to be available this summer; time for Celtic to ask the question

By David Walton

June 7, 2021

With Celtic needing plenty of fresh flair injected into their squad this summer, an approach for Liverpool’s Harry Wilson is worth checking out.

Back in the summer it had been reported that Celtic were keen on making a loan move for Wilson. In the end, it was said to have been ended due to Celtic being unable to stump up for the player’s wage demands as well as the idea that he was only available on a permanent deal [Glasgow Times].

However, fast forward a month and Wilson was indeed sent out on loan. He was dished out temporarily to Cardiff, where he unsurprisingly made a positive impact. He returns to Anfield this summer with seven goals and 12 assists to his name. Not bad for a winger.

Back in February, The Athletic claimed that Wilson was one of five players Liverpool were looking to sell this summer. This was pushed again by the Liverpool Echo in April. They claimed that Liverpool were looking for between £10m-£15m for his signature.

Wilson himself is eyeing up a future at Anfield. He stated in May that he plans on making it at the club he’s been at since he was eight years old [BBC]. But it’s fair to say there will come a time when he has to be more realistic.

Liverpool’s Harry Wilson is on the market; Celtic should at least ask the question

Celtic could do plenty for Wilson’s career. A first shot at European football would surely be attractive, as would the opportunity to add medals to his impressive young CV. For all of the praise the Wales international has had throughout his career, he’s yet to win anything.

At 24, Wilson needs to start finding some stability to his career. Already he’s played with five different clubs, four of them having been on loan. If he’s available on a permanent deal this summer, Celtic should be readying an offer.

Granted, Euro 2020 will give Wilson an opportunity to showcase his skills. He’s also been the subject of attention in the past for alternative EPL options too. Burnley were reportedly in talks at the start of the season, but a fee wasn’t agreed [Daily Mail].

Former reported Celtic target Harry Wilson (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Yes, Celtic could be priced out of a move for him. Fair enough if that’s the case. But with the player entering the last two years of his deal, Celtic could always chance their arm with another loan offer. That would allow us the opportunity to strike a cut-price agreement next summer with his deal up in 2023.

Wilson would add plenty to the Celtic attack. We’ve been far too guilty of not being ruthless enough this season. Wilson would add that creative spark, and has had plenty of Championship and international experience to his name by now.

If Liverpool want eight figures, then it would require Celtic to break our transfer record. That doesn’t feel likely given the number of players we need this summer. A temporary move with an eye on making it permanent, however, is a handy alternative option. Liverpool may reportedly hold the view that they’re only interested in a perm. But we heard that last summer, and look where he ended up.

In other news, a former Celtic hero is reportedly being lined up for a Scottish Premiership return.