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19th Mar, 2018 | 12:18pm

Celtic must seal summer swoop for international attacker wanted by Old Firm rivals in January

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With Celtic set to face pivotal Champions League qualifiers in July, the Hoops must begin planning for signings for next season, and one player they should look to sign in Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones.

The 23-year-old attacker has been a revelation for Steve Clarke’s side this season, scoring four goals and creating seven assists as his side have rocketed up the table.

The Northern Ireland international, who plays predominantly on the left-wing, would be good cover for James Forrest, who has had an excellent season but has the capacity to go off-form for large chunks of a season.

With Patrick Roberts set to depart at the end of the season and Scott Sinclair badly off-form, Brendan Rodgers needs another player on the wing and Jones’ pace could be vital, particularly in backs to the wall European games where the Bhoys will need to hit on the break.

Rangers attempted to sign the player in the January transfer window, but Kilmarnock turned down the £350,000 bid, as reported by BBC Sport.

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If the Gers come in for the player again and there is an Old Firm battle for the player Jones would be wise to choose a move to the Hoops, who can offer the prospect of Champions League football and more money for the Northern Irishman.

It would presumably take at least £500,000 to bring the player to the East End of Glasgow, and it is a move the Hoops board should sanction as soon as the season ends.

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