Celtic tipped to ignite 'turnaround' by signing Edwards as talks advance - pundit
Noel Whelan has tipped Celtic to kick off their “turnaround” by signing Kyle Edwards following his West Brom exit.
The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Hoops need to sign younger players to “freshen things up” at Parkhead.
As revealed by Football Insider on Friday (July 9th), Celtic are negotiating personal terms with Edwards, 23, and are set to table a contract offer.
This site broke the news on July 6th the Hoops had opened talks for Edwards following his exit from West Brom.
Celtic would need to pay compensation to sign the winger but cross-border rules mean the fee would only be around £300,000.
Whelan insisted Edwards’ age and experience in England makes him the ideal signing to kick off a rebuild in Glasgow.
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“They’re looking at the right age of players,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“I think they had to have this kind of turnaround now. They’re kind of starting again, very much like Rangers have done. Young players coming in added to that little bit of experience that they already had.
“They’re trying to get players at a certain age that are going to have a little bit more longevity of the club. You’re talking three to four years of service there.
“They can bed them in, get use out of them and they’re still going to be not even into their prime yet. Now, you’re talking 27-30 when you get into your prime.
“The club have gone in a different direction, trying to freshen things up and that’s exactly what they needed. They needed to get younger players in that are going to be there for three years and make a difference.
“Players they can work with over three years. Then still there might be a sell-on where they can make money. If not, they’re still getting players that have been at the club in their absolute prime.
“There was no doubt that things freshening up at Celtic. It was a terrible season last year, we saw too many whingers and moaners.
“Too many players that didn’t want to play for the club and too many people that were inconsistent. This is where they need to get it right.
“They normally do get it right, Celtic. They’ve always been good when it comes to scouting players and getting players in the club. That turnover of money from making them better, now they’ve got that opportunity.”