'Great move for both' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts after Celtic bid for PL giants ace
Tottenham defender Ryan Sessegnon moving to Celtic makes sense for all parties, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Aberdeen striker delivered his verdict as the Hoops attempt to sign the left-back on loan.
This site revealed last week that Celtic have been told it will cost more than £5million in fee and wages to loan Sessegnon for the season after they tabled a loan offer.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has given the green light for the 20-year-old to leave on loan and Neil Lennon has identified him as the perfect fit for the left-wing back role in his 3-5-2 formation.
The England under-21 international featured just six times in the Premier League last season and is keen to avoid a repeat of this when choosing his next destination.
Whelan told Football Insider: “He needs to get out, it’s as simple as that. He needs to get out there and play football.
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“He’s not getting a look in under Jose Mourinho and he’s more than happy to let him go to another club.
“Celtic are a fantastic club to be going to. You’re playing in Europe, you’re going to be up there challenging in a really exciting Scottish Premiership this season with Rangers as close as it’s ever been.
“He’ll be getting first-team football in one of the strongest sides in Scotland playing the right way and the way that would suit Sessegnon.
“It’s a great move for both. For Celtic getting a player of his caliber is going to be a massive plus for them going for the tenth title.
“Tottenham are more than happy getting him off the wage bill.
“He can play regular football because we’ve kind of forgotten about him.”