Mark Warburton has been quoted by West London Sport when discussing QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel’s future, joking that he is off to Celtic, Rangers and Fenerbahce amid reports that both Old Firm sides want him.
Osayi-Samuel, 23, is the latest QPR talent to have impressed – having a hand in six goals during his 22 appearances this season. The Nigerian has scored 13 and created the same amount in 114 QPR outings since his debut.
The Athletic have claimed this month that Celtic and Rangers are interested in nabbing the winger ahead of Premier League clubs – with his contract set to expire in the summer. English clubs will have to wait until June.
But Celtic and Rangers can get him on a pre-contract from January 1 and ex-Rangers boss Warburton has commented on the reported interest in his winger – but has instructed Osayi-Samuel to focus on playing football.
“Apparently he’s going to Celtic and Fenerbahce and Rangers as well. Hope he’s got a good passport,” Warburton joked. “Rumours keep the media going. My only concern is Bright working hard, training and performing well.”
TBR’s view – Is Osayi-Samuel good enough for Celtic and Rangers?
Clearly, Osayi-Samuel’s game is not all about goals and assists. The winger boasts enormous speed, trickery and the ability to beat a man and reach the byline. At such a young age, he has enormous potential.
Is he good enough for either side? To join a club like Celtic or Rangers, Osayi-Samuel must combine his strengths with the stats to back it up. Three goals and three assists in 22 is not enough, especially in the Championship.
If Steven Gerrard or Neil Lennon think that end product can be added over time, then he is worth it. But right now, he is not good enough to start for Celtic or Rangers.