Report: Celtic interested in returning for Josh Murphy this summer

By John McGinley

February 9, 2020

Celtic’s are lining up a summer move for Josh Murphy after showing initial interest in the player last month, The Scottish Sun report.

The paper say that the Hoops tried to sign the Cardiff City winger on transfer deadline day in the wake of a long-term injury to Mikey Johnston.

Now, he remains a target and is on a summer shortlist of prospective recruits as the club begin to think about what’s needed for a potential ten-in-a-row season.

Murphy has been in and out of the Cardiff team this season but has recently shown a bit of form, netting three goals in his last four matches (Transfermarkt).

He started their weekend win against Luton that keeps them in the hunt for a promotion play-off position in the English second-tier.

The Bluebirds are currently four points behind the sixth-placed side Preston.

Celtic’s winger situation

With the return from injury of Mohamed Elyounoussi today, Celtic are pretty well covered in the position right now. As long as the Norwegian international stays fit, we can’t feel too disappointed to have missed out on Murphy or any other winger targets from January.

However, only on loan from Southampton, the future of the position at Celtic Park is certainly in question.

Ideally, we’d be looking to tie Elyounoussi down to a permanent deal, but if the financials of that aren’t possible then perhaps a player like Murphy could come in and perform.

Reported Celtic target Josh Murphy / (Photo by Cardiff City FC/Getty Images)

Murphy doesn’t quite have the continental pedigree of Elyounoussi and could require some development at 24.

Having moved clubs for a massive £11m just two years ago though (BBC), surely he has some kind of quality in him that could make an impact in the Scottish Premiership.

Regardless, the left-wing position is one to keep an eye towards the end of the season. It could end up being a real summer priority if Elyounoussi returns to Southampton.