Exclusive: Celtic have held talks about signing English striker sensation - Dad
Celtic held talks this year about signing Tyrese Campbell – but Michael O’Neill convinced him to stay at Stoke City.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell revealed how the Scottish champions’ pursuit of his 20-year-old striker son failed.
Celtic, along with Rangers, were among many clubs who tried to sign Tyrese in January, when he had entered the final six months of his Stoke contract.
But the England Under-20 international was persuaded to sign a new four-and-a-half year deal at the end of January by Stoke’s manager O’Neill.
“I know that there were talks with Celtic and Rangers because Tyrese could talk to them,” Campbell told Football Insider. “I believe that he spoke to Celtic but he felt that at this time in his career and his development the best place was Stoke.
“That was because of Michael O’Neill. It was not the right time for him [to move]. Tyrese really enjoys playing under Michael O’Neill.
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“Tyrese loves it at Stoke so it was not a difficult decision to sign the new contract. He loves it there and he has a lot of good friends. A lot of boxes are ticked.
“It was just a matter of there being no stability but now there is stability we should start seeing this team moving forward.”
Campbell has established himself as a key player at Stoke since signing that contract in January.
He has begun this season impressively, with his 10 matches for the Championship’s 11th-placed club yielding three goals and four assists.
“Rangers and Celtic are huge clubs and he has earned that,” Campbell added. “You do not get linked with those sort of clubs if you cannot do it.
“It was flattering, of course it was but it was the realisation of the level he was at. When you are at that level you need to be consistent because everyone is watching you.
“People are always watching him and that is what I told him. He is only 20 and a left-footer. Those lefty strikers, who know where the goal is and has a bit of ability about them are watched by many because they are rare.