Celtic are interested in signing Cardiff City winger Josh Murphy during the upcoming summer transfer window, The Scottish Sun reported over the weekend.
It’s said that Neil Lennon and the Hoops made a move for the left-sided player on deadline day as the club sought a replacement for Mikey Johnston, who suffered a long-term injury away to St Johnstone.
Having been rebuffed, interest remains and the Scottish champions are now lining up a summer move for the player, the paper say.
Murphy has been in and out of the Bluebirds team this season as they chase a Premier League play-off spot in the Championship, though he has scored three goals for the club over the last month (Transfermarkt).
There’s been a fair bit of pressure on his shoulders in recent years. He made a big-money £11m move (BBC) to Cardiff from Norwich in 2018 but so far hasn’t been able to live up to that kind of price tag.
Now 24, it seems Celtic see Glasgow as a place where he can revitalise his career and kick on to new heights.
Some Celtic fans though haven’t exactly been enamoured with the reported links, feeling he’s not the kind of quality we should be looking for this summer.
46 appearances for Cardiff and only 4 goals…. wouldn’t take the guy for free
— connor 🇮🇪 (@hctelfih) February 8, 2020
I watch the english lower leagues every week and I’ve no idea who this guy is, usually the good ones stick in your mind.
— Chris Canney (@canney_chris) February 8, 2020
— 𝙀𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙁𝙄 (@EtienneBojan) February 8, 2020
Not for me
— David Neilson (@neilsondavid60) February 9, 2020
Fans of his current and previous clubs have given their reaction to the links too, with some Cardiff fans apparently keen on getting rid of him at the other opportunity.
Others think it could turn out to be a great move for him.
What a move that would be would be good for him
— NCFC Hogsta (@NCFC_Hogsta) February 9, 2020
Be a good move for him they love a ex cardiff player up there
— AA weetman (@Aabluebirds1) February 9, 2020
Will give him a piggy back there myself!
— Ant rawls (@Rawlbags10) February 9, 2020
I will drive him to Glasgow tomorrow!!
— leigh james (@LeighWales) February 9, 2020
U can have him lads 👍
— Ben Ryan 🏴 (@benandrewryan) February 8, 2020
Ultimately any future Celtic interest in the player may depend on how he performs in the second half of the season.
If he can show decent scoring form in the Championship between now and May, or find consistency in creating assists, it might be enough for Celtic to push the boat out and get him.
Clearly our scouts have seen something in the player, going by recent reports, so he’s a name to keep an eye on over the coming months.