By Noel Whelan

30th Mar, 2020 | 7:35pm

'Christmas all at once' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts as PL speed demon seeks Celtic move

Noel Whelan has claimed Jordon Ibe would be handed a “lifeline” were Celtic to make a concrete offer for the attacker this summer.

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted it would be an opportunity the 24-year-old could not turn down after struggling to make an impact at Bournemouth.

Ibe has failed to meet expectations at the Vitality Stadium following a £16million move from Liverpool in the summer of 2016.

The former England under-21 international, who is out of contract this summer, is willing to take a pay cut in order to seal a move to Parkhead, Football Insider has learned.

Whelan suggested it could be the super-quick winger’s last chance at a so-called ‘big club’ and one that he should not take lightly.

“I think that is a move that suits all parties,” he told Football Insider.

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“Jordon has slipped off the grid again. A player that had great ability whilst at Liverpool but has gone to Bournemouth and not done a great deal.

“To be given a lifeline with Celtic, Champions League football and challenging for the title, what an amazing turnaround that would be. He would need to grasp that with both hands because he did not have a good spell at Bournemouth. It is like Christmas all at once.

“To go somewhere like Celtic and be winning things with a very good manager and a very good squad. This is his last chance.”

Ibe has played just 47 minutes of football in the Premier League this season despite the Cherries battling relegation.

In other Celtic news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider ‘money talks’ as contract negotiations break down at Parkhead.