Darren Bent believes Newcastle United midfielder Ki Sung-yueng would be wise to join Celtic in January.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-England international suggested that the Magpies midfielder would have an easy decision to make if the Hoops make him an offer.

Football Insider recently revealed that Neil Lennon is a huge admirer of Ki and was plotting a January move for the 30-year-old due to wanting to bolster his midfield options.

Bent tipped Ki to be a big player for the Hoops upon returning before explaining further while a move to Celtic would be the smart choice.

When asked if Ki should rejoin Celtic as it would be a clever move for him due to him being proven at Parkhead as well as him likely to be a big player for them, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah of course.

“He has been a good player, he knows the club and sometimes it’s about how things fit.

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“Been there before, knows the club really really well, so for him and his family, it’s probably easy for him to go back to Celtic as he is familiar with the club and its surroundings.”

The South Korea international has struggled to feature for Newcastle this season with him making only three Premier League appearances so far.

Football Insider previously revealed that the Magpies are willing to listen to offers for the 30-year-old in January with his contract set to expire in the summer.

The experienced midfielder racked up 87 appearances for the Hoops between 2010 and 2012, before leaving the club to join Swansea City.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton identified the Hoops’ ‘Main problem’ following their 2-1 loss to Rangers.