By Kevin Phillips

13th Feb, 2020 | 12:32pm

Exclusive: Ex-PL striker claims £10m ace wanted by Celtic can be their next Sinclair

Kevin Phillips has claimed Josh Murphy could “reignite” his career with a move to Celtic this summer and be as big a success as Scott Sinclair. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England striker suggested that the 24-year-old could really benefit from a switch to Parkhead from current side Cardiff City.

Football Insider revealed earlier in the week that the Hoops are considering a swoop for the wide man at the end of the season, after having failed to land him in a deadline day move last month.

And Phillips believes that a summer transfer could be a good thing for both player and club.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “This is not having a dig at Scottish football, but if he goes to Celtic, he’s going to be winning football matches week in and week out.

“He’s already shown that he has got quality, he just needs something to reignite his career.

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“We’ve seen it happen with other players – Scott Sinclair, you go up to Scotland, you play in a team that plays good football, you win every week, you’re involved, you’re perhaps chipping in with goals. All of a sudden it just reignites your career.

“I think certainly he’s a player who needs something to happen. If it does happen, good luck to the kid. If it does happen I’d watch with interest to see if he really pushes on and start progressing.

“If you go up there and it doesn’t work for you, then you start questioning – well, he hasn’t really done it down here, he’s gone up there and hasn’t performed, where would he go next?

“I hope that one is a success story for the kid.”

Murphy has been a regular for the Bluebirds so far this season, featuring in 19 Championship matches, but has registered just two goals and three assists. 

The wide man joined Cardiff from Norwich City in 2018 for a fee of around £10 million.

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