Exeter City midfielder Joel Randall has told BBC Sport that he is dreaming of a move north of the border to Scottish champions Celtic, having been linked with Neil Lennon’s side back in the January window.
Randall, 21, has been on fire for Exeter this season in what is his first full campaign in the senior side. Last season, he broke into the first team and played eight times last season in all competitions – in which he scored three goals and laid on an assist.
That form has continued this season. Clocking up 28 outings in both league and cup, he has scored eight times and created five more. However, the fourth-tier English side are about to lose him – with his contract expiring in the summer.
Celtic have an advantage over other clubs in that the can land Randall on a pre-contract agreement, something English clubs cannot do until June. Now, Randall himself has commented on a potential move to Celtic – labelling it a “dream”.
“I didn’t take much notice of it, the agent kept me in touch with a few things and I was aware there was some interest,” Randall said. “Of course, seeing the Celtic shout was dream stuff really, to see that interest.”
TBR’s view – Celtic need wingers out wide
While Randall is a prospect and one for the future – so much so that he could initially leave Celtic on loan to gain experience before breaking into the starting line-up – he would be an excellent signing. The Hoops need long-term options out wide.
Looking at their current options, James Forrest has been injured for much of the season, Diego Laxalt and Mo Elyounoussi are only on loan and unlikely to sign permanent deals and Mikey Johnstone might be a preferred option in the middle.
Bringing in Randall gives Celtic cover out wide that is seriously needed this summer.