By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

28th Mar, 2020 | 1:38pm

'At Liverpool, people had high hopes' - Bruce view as ace willing to take pay cut to join Celtic

Signing Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe on a free transfer this summer would be a “good coup” for Celtic, according to Alex Bruce.

The former Kilmarnock defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 24-year-old could reignite his stagnant career at Parkhead.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Ibe is willing to take a pay cut to join the Glasgow giants when his Cherries contract comes to an end this summer.

The Hoops failed to sign the winger on loan last summer but have kept tabs on him ahead of a potential permanent move this year.

Bruce admits that Ibe has failed to hit the heights expected of him when he was at Liverpool but that Celtic could be the perfect opportunity to rediscover his form.

“He needs to do something because he’s gone a bit stagnant, hasn’t he?” Bruce told Football Insider.

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“When he was at Liverpool people had high hopes for him and when he signed for Bournemouth he had a couple of good games. It raised a few eyebrows to say: ‘Who’s this kid?’

“He’s gone off the boil and he needs to get his career up and running again. He needs to start playing again so if he can get that opportunity at a big club like Celtic…

“He’s got good attributes, he’s very quick, he’s strong, but he just hasn’t played enough. If it was a signing Celtic could get done, it would be a good coup for them because it would suit both parties well.

“He’s a player I’m sure Celtic would be interested in if they can get him.” 

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that a big-money 2019 signing is set for crunch talks about QUITTING the club.