Exclusive: Celtic tipped to seal Sinclair-style deal after major transfer development

Noel Whelan has tipped Jordon Ibe to reignite his career at Celtic Park next season if a deal for the winger can be completed this summer.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 24-year-old could be the next Scott Sinclair at Parkhead.

Ibe is preparing to leave Bournemouth on a free transfer upon the expiration of his contract on 30 June and revealed he has “no regrets”.

 

Premier League clubs have been afforded the option to extend players’ contracts until the end of the season but Eddie Howe is unwilling to offer the winger a short-term deal.

Football Insider revealed in March that the former Liverpool attacker is willing to take a pay cut to force to join Neil Lennon’s side this summer.

When asked by Football Insider if a deal was now a distinct possibility, Whelan said: “People will be working on recruitment behind the scenes.

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“I am pretty sure he is a player that Neil Lennon can get the best out of. They did it with Scott Sinclair. He had a fantastic period there.

“They probably see him as a similar player but he needs to meet the expectations people had of him when he left Liverpool. He was a fantastic player but has never hit the heights that were expected from people.

“Celtic have managed to create a great environment to be around, a winning environment.

“He will feel wanted there but he needs to step into that role and prove a point if he makes the move. There is more in him so this is a really big decision for him.”

Sinclair scored 62 goals and provided 34 assists in 167 appearances for the Hoops.

Ibe only has four appearances to his name this campaign and has only started in the EFL Cup.

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