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Celtic dodged a bullet with Bournemouth flop Jordon Ibe

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Celtic dodged a bullet with Bournemouth flop Jordon Ibe

The winger was linked with a move to Parkhead during the summer transfer window.

Celtic have made a blistering start to the 2019/20 campaign winning every game they have played in the Premiership and Scottish League Cup.

Last night they thrashed Partick Thistle 5-0 to reach the semi-final of the League Cup where they will face Hibernian.

Whilst Celtic were in complete cruise control, a summer transfer target was suffering an embarrassing evening south of the border.

Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe was seemingly all set to join the Hoops on loan in the summer but for whatever reason, the deal didn’t come to fruition (Daily Express).

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The 23-year-old played the full 90 minutes for Eddie Howe’s team as they were miserably dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League One outfit Burton Albion.

 

Ibe operated on the right-wing and came under fire from disgruntled Bournemouth supporters at the Pirelli Stadium.

The ex-Liverpool youngster signed for the Cherries for £15 million in 2016 (BBC Sport).  In 92 appearances he has scored just five goals and registered nine assists.

Confidence crisis

There is a sense that Celtic dodged a bullet when they chose to pursue other targets as alternatives to Ibe.

Paid £38,000-a-week (Spotrac) by Bournemouth, the player capable of playing on both wings has badly lost his way at the Vitality Stadium.

(Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

The outlay to land Ibe on loan or permanently would have been a complete waste of money for Celtic. Failing to perform against third-tier Burton Albion is unacceptable and he now faces a certain fight for his future.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon was slammed by some people for his summer transfer business, but already it looks as though they remain the team to beat.

Ibe’s confidence is shot and as a result, he could have proved a real nightmare for the Celtic boss to manage.

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