By Alex McLeish

3rd Oct, 2020 | 1:00pm

Manager Exclusive: Mourinho told to let speed machine join Celtic after bid

Alex McLeish has urged Tottenham and their manager Jose Mourinho to realise the benefits of sending Ryan Sessegnon out on loan after Celtic were rebuffed in their approach.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the experienced manager insists that the youngster’s development should be prioritised over the financial aspects of a deal.

As revealed by Football Insider, Tottenham are demanding £5million in wages and fees to let the 20-year-old leave on loan, £3million more than what Celtic offered the north Londoners.

It is understood that Neil Lennon has told the youngster, who wants to join a club where he will be a key player, that he will play a starring role at wing-back should he move to Parkhead.

Ex-Scotland, Rangers and Aston Villa boss McLeish insists that a move to Celtic would help Sessegnon develop not only physically but mentally and that he hopes Jose Mourinho can realise the benefits of sending him north of the border.

“Premier League clubs could probably throw money at it but Celtic are obviously watching the budget,” McLeish told Football Insider.

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“It’s been very tough for many, many clubs across the world, certainly in smaller leagues where the funding’s not as high as the Premier League.

“I would like to think it’s not just a money thing for Spurs, I would like to think the backroom staff or Jose can see the benefits of that, Jose and his backroom staff can see that this is a benefit for him to go out and play at a team that’s expected to go and win every week.

“It raises the stakes in terms of Sessegnon’s attitude but the league is not as testing as the Premier League.”

Sessegnon has not featured at all for Spurs in the opening matches of the new season, although he was an unused substitute against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

He has found himself behind the likes of Ben Davies and Heung-min Son in the pecking order and as such has played just 12 times since his move from Fulham last summer.

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has been wowed by a player who is “the closest thing I’ve seen to Dembele”.