Danny Mills has told potential Celtic summer signing Jordon Ibe to “sort himself out” after a disappointing spell at Bournemouth.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed players can get complacent when they earn a big contract at a young age and suggested that could be the case with the 24-year-old.
Ibe is preparing to leave Bournemouth on a free transfer upon the expiration of his contract on 30 June but was coy on his future in a Twitter Q&A with his followers.
Football Insider revealed in March that the former Liverpool attacker is willing to take a cut on his £40k-a-week wages to join Neil Lennon’s side this summer.
Mills insisted the winger still has a lot of ability but has a point to prove next season.
“His career has gone backwards,” he told Football Insider.
“A £16million move and he has had a handful of appearances. A lot of clubs were after him at the time.
“Why has a player of that quality and that value not been able to get into the Bournemouth side? You wonder if it is his attitude or perhaps he is just not good enough.
“He needs to sort himself out. He needs to be playing regular football as quick as possible.
“A player that is still young with a lot of quality but he has a point to prove.
“Young players often get too much too soon, think they have made it and they do not keeping pushing. They think they have hit the big time but very quickly it can be snatched away from you.”
The former England under-21 international has only four appearances to his name this campaign.
The Cherries signed Ibe from Liverpool for £16million in the summer of 2016.
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