Mark Waburton has told Queens Park Rangers’ official website – as per the Evening Standard – that he is desperate for Bright Osayi-Samuel to sign a new QPR contract amid reported interest from Scottish champions Celtic.
Osayi-Samuel, 22, has caught plenty of admiring glances of late after having a hand in 15 goals during his 40 appearances for QPR last season. He did so very much in the shadow of Eberechi Eze, but still starred for the London-based side.
Now, the Nigeria-born attacker has entered the final year of his contract and could be available on a pre-contract agreement in January for a non-English club like Celtic. The Evening Standard claim Celtic have Osayi-Samuel on their transfer radar.
Warbuton – who previously managed Rangers – stated that he is desperate to see Osayi-Samuel sign a new deal after the winger surpassed 100 appearances for the Championship club, with Celtic interested.
“Absolutely there is hope with Brighty. He is in a very good place at the club. He is developing at the club,” Warburton said. “I hope very much he can see that is the case. The contractual talks have been ongoing for a while now.
“He is a great lad Brighty, you know what I think of him, but his head has got to be in the right place for a game of football. I just wante Brighty to have a clear head and make the right decision.”
TBR’s view – Osayi-Samuel still yet to turn glimpses, into consistency
But last season he showed his best form. In an attacking side, having a hand in 15 goals is certainly a decent effort – especially given he is still a rookie. At Celtic, he would be in a side where he would have chances to score and create in every match.
Pace, skill, goals, assists – he has got everything a winger should have. Celtic, meanwhile, are lacking in options on the flank. James Forrest is injured, as is Mikey Johnston. Mo Elyounoussi remains available, while Diego Laxalt can do a job.
A winger should be the main priority in January, but Warburton seems hell bent on keeping Osayi-Samuel.