By Alex McLeish

12th Dec, 2020 | 8:00am

'I'm sure' - Manager Exclusive: Celtic can beat Everton to signing of PL 27-yr-old

Everton and Celtic would both “love” to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United in January, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Rangers and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the England international needs to leave Old Trafford for the good of his career next month.

The Mirror report that the 27-year-old’s representatives are working on a loan move in January with several clubs, including West Ham, Everton, Celtic and Rangers, are all interested in taking him on board.

Lingard has been left out of most of Manchester United’s squads this season and he has just two appearances, both of which came in the League Cup, under his belt.

Having seen the winger tumble down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, McLeish has suggested there would be plenty of suitors to give him the game time he needs.

Asked how important it was for the winger to find a club where he could rebuild his confidence and momentum, McLeish told Football Insider:Well those two words are absolutely spot on.

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“Jesse just hasn’t kind of gone to the level where perhaps he would have liked at United. Whether he feels he’s hard done by or not, I don’t know, I don’t know the reasons but he certainly had a lot of games as a young kid and didn’t score for a long time and at some stage, something has to give.

“You can’t keep saying: ‘Oh Jesse, maybe you’ll score this week,’ but I do believe he has to go and get playing again, it’s the only way he’ll get back his form, his confidence.

“I’m sure he could make an impact with some club because, he’s not a player who has not got a bit of flair – he can run, he’s got a trick in him and I’m sure that some of those clubs would love to have him.”

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