Celtic are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Bournemouth attacker Jordon Ibe on loan. As reported by the Daily Express, Celtic are closing in on a deal to sign the player this month. Whilst they will not meet the Cherries’ £20 million valuation for the winger there is hope a loan deal could be agreed.
If Celtic were to get their man, they would be signing a player who was highly thought of by the club’s former manager Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers handed Ibe his debut at Liverpool and was a big believer in the player’s talents at Anfield. Speaking to the BBC after Ibe was named man-of-the-match against Everton in February 2015, Rodgers waxed lyrical about the youngster.
“He is a very talented player. If he was a foreign player everyone would be raving about him.
“He is an incredible talent for someone so young and he can go into any arena in the world and play now.
“I expect big things from him but there is still a long way to go and a lot to learn but hopefully he could be a big influence for us.”
Unfortunately for Ibe, he struggled to have the same impression on Rodgers’ successor at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp.
With that in mind, he left Anfield for Dean Court in 2016. He has since struggled to impose himself on Eddie Howe’s first-team and this summer he has been linked with an exit.
In fact, Rodgers was reportedly keen on reuniting with the player. As reported by The Sun in May, the former Celtic boss was keen on bringing Ibe to Leicester City this summer. However, nothing ever came of those reports.
But if Celtic do bring in Ibe this summer they will be signing a player with Rodgers’ undoubted seal of approval.