By Alan Hutton

16th Jan, 2020 | 7:58pm

'Missed opportunity' - Exclusive: Hutton believes PL starlet may regret failed Celtic offer

Alan Hutton says that promising Tottenham winger Jack Clarke may have missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime by moving to QPR over Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers and Scotland international says that while the 19-year-old has a long career ahead of him, the opportunity to play for title-winning sides do not come up very often.

As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic made a move to sign Clarke on loan from Tottenham but were too late in submitting their offer, QPR the eventual winners for the in-demand wide man.

Hutton says that playing for a side like Celtic, who have completed a clean sweep of Scottish football for the last three seasons, would have been a perfect chance to get some silverware to his name – something that is not guaranteed in the future.

“It could be a missed opportunity, especially when you think of people like Scott Sinclair who weren’t doing so great, went up there and then went from strength to strength,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“Scoring goals, proving yourself – all of this is possible up there. European football pretty much guaranteed, winning things – he might never get a chance to win trophies.

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“So to go up there and really put a marker down and win trophies would be great experience for one so young. He could have missed out, you never know, it could still happen in the future, we’ll have to wait and see.” 

Clarke struggled for game time on loan at Leeds during the first half of the season, playing just three times on his return to Elland Road after sealing a transfer to Tottenham.

In other Celtic news, Jackie McNamara claims Lennon had no faith in a Hoops first-teamer despite him other teams wanting his services.