Joining Celtic? Perfect - Exclusive: Bruce reacts amid Sky reveal about ex-£15m man

Alex Bruce insists a move to Celtic would be perfect for winger Jordon Ibe as he prepares to leave Bournemouth this summer.

The former Kilmarnock defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims that it is a “kick in the teeth” for the attacker that Eddie Howe’s side are prepared to let him leave the Vitality Stadium.

Sky Sports report that the 24-year-old is set to leave Bournemouth on a free transfer at the end of this month when his contract expires on the south coast.

Football Insider revealed in March that the former Liverpool attacker is willing to take a pay cut to join the Glasgow giants this summer.

Bruce believes a move to Parkhead could be exactly what the winger needs after an indifferent time at Bournemouth, insisting he still has plenty to offer whoever signs him.

Bruce told Football Insider: “He’s obviously got a lot of good attributes, Jordon, doesn’t he? Bournemouth paid a lot of money for him four, five years ago.

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“It’s a big loss for them letting him go and him leaving after paying that money to Liverpool, about £15million. For him to walk away on a free at the age he’s at obviously tells its own story. 

“Bournemouth letting him go is a big kick in the teeth for the lad, it’s not gone the way he wanted it to go but to get an opportunity like going to Celtic to get your career back up and running again would be a good opportunity for him.” 

Ibe has played just four times across all competitions this season, with his last Premier League appearance coming back in August.

He has a total of 119 top-flight games under his belt and featured over 50 times for Liverpool and nearly 100 times for Bournemouth across all competitions.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton has suggested a bust-up was at the heart of a surprise Hoops exit.