By Kevin Phillips

1st Apr, 2020 | 11:52am

Exclusive: Kevin Phillips hails extraordinary Celtic fans after major signing boost

Kevin Phillips has tipped Jordon Ibe to follow in the Bournemouth-Glasgow footsteps of Jermain Defoe and revitalise his career with a blockbuster move to Celtic.

The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted the 24-year-old’s career has “hit the railroads” but claimed he can reach new heights in front of the extraordinary Parkhead crowd.

As revealed by Football Insider, 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.

Ibe has failed to justify the £16million price tag Bournemouth paid to acquire his services from Liverpool in 2016.

Phillips suggested the success of Jermain Defoe in the Scottish Premiership bodes well for the winger.

“I am not going to criticise Celtic because when they bring someone in they turn out to be a success,” he told Football Insider.

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“Jordon Ibe, his career has hit the railroads. A move north of the border might give him a chance to resurrect his career and get back to the Ibe we have seen over the years. The quality down here is far superior to Scotland.

“If they can get him on the cheap it could be a really good signing for Celtic. The way they bring players on and what does Neil Lennon does up there.

“Players go up there and show their quality – look at Jermaine Defoe. He has scored a hatful of goals. It could be a good move for the lad. Playing in front of those amazing supporters will give him an extra 10%.”


Ibe has played just 47 minutes of Premier League football this campaign despite Eddie Howe’s side’s struggles.

In other Celtic news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider “money talks” as contract negotiations stall at Parkhead.