Report: Celtic express interest in English League Two winger

By John McGinley

January 3, 2021

Celtic are showing interest in Exeter City winger Joel Randall, The Athletic has reported this weekend.

The outlet says that the Bhoys and Swansea City have both expressed their interest, with other teams watching the situation from the sidelines.

Still just 21, Randall is a regular in English League Two and has made a strong attacking impression this season.

In 20 appearances between league action and the FA Cup, he’s scored eight goals and assisted five more (Transfermarkt).

Celtic interest makes sense

Celtic are undoubtedly in need of more depth on the wings.

James Forrest and Mikey Johnston have had long-term injury problems this season, and Mohamed Elyounoussi is due to return to Southampton at the end of the season.

Exeter manager Matt Taylor certainly speaks highly of the attacking talent.

Back in November, his praise couldn’t have been higher, telling DevonLive: “He’s exceeded our expectations, but I’m sure he’ll keep on moving forward.

“He’s had talent and potential in him since a young age. His running stats are phenomenal. He’s added an extra dimension to his game in terms of the end product.

“He’s been a constant threat down that left side. He’s worked tirelessly for the team, and he’s contributed at all times this season, he’s been a standout player.”

Celtic have to find bargains in England

Manager Neil Lennon has already spoken about the impact that Brexit could have on signing players moving forward. It’s crucial that if shopping in England Celtic find value.

The Athletic report that Randall’s contract runs until 2022, though tracking website Transfermarkt lists it expiring in 2021.

Reported Celtic target Joel Randall / (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Regardless, he’s unlikely to cost millions of pounds and appears ready to take a step up in his development.

Could he be part of the Celtic rebuild that has to happen over the next six months?

In other news, Henrik Larsson has been speaking about managing Celtic one day.