Mark Warburton believes his young talent being linked with Celtic is "absolute nonsense"

By David Walton

January 18, 2022

Mark Warburton didn’t sound too pleased about reports linking his young striker Sinclair Armstrong with the likes of Celtic and Manchester City.

Goal stated on their live transfer blog [17/01, 10:02] that both City and Celtic were 2 of many interested in taking the young Irish forward from London.

Armstrong signed a new contract with QPR last year tying him to the club until the summer of 2022. Not much of a commitment in truth. And despite having yet to have made an appearance for QPR, he’s said to be highly regarded as his agents try to tout him for a big move [West London Sport].

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However, Warburton wasn’t having the idea that Celtic and Man City were closing in on his youngster. In fact, he’s moved quickly to rubbish the reports as he took aim at the player’s agent.

Speaking to West London Sport, the former Rangers boss said: “I’d imagine his agent has been extremely busy. He’s 18 and played eight games for Torquay. I’m not being derogatory in any way, I just don’t want to put pressure on a young player’s shoulders too early.

“Rumours of Celtic and Man City? I’d imagine certain agents have been extremely busy. When you see all these names (of big clubs) you just know agents are busy at work in the January window. It’s absolute nonsense. Let’s give the boy a chance now for the next stage of his career.”

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Celtic move for Sinclair Armstrong seems a touch out there

Armstrong has yet to seriously make an impact in the senior game. At only 18 years of age, his only experience at men’s level is 8 games for Torquay and 1 appearance for Shamrock Rovers [Transfermarkt]. In short, his development has barely started.

The young Irishman has been featuring for QPRs under-18s in recent times. Therefore, any move Celtic made would surely be with an eye on developing him for the long-term. This wouldn’t be a move that would see the first-team squad bolstered further.

Of course, Celtic already have options up top even in their B side. Let’s not forget that Joey Dawson has been joined by Johnny Kenny this month. Celtic already have talent up top in the youth ranks. We still have Jonathan Afolabi to return from his loan spell in the Championship too.

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You do wonder whether this kind of transfer speculation is ideal for a player so young and inexperienced. Yes he looks powerful and clearly has talent when you consider how highly regarded he is. But so much remains unknown about him. Talk of moves to Celtic and Man City can’t afford to cloud the player’s development.

Regardless, this doesn’t look like a goer at the moment. Even though the player can talk to clubs about a pre-contract move in the summer, it doesn’t feel as though Celtic need to add to their youth ranks. At least not in the centre-forward department.

As always, however, we’ll keep a close eye on this one over the coming weeks.

In other news, Liam Shaw addresses Celtic loan exit; discloses private talk with Ange Postecoglou