West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass has “one of the best left-foots out there” and would be a great impact player for Celtic, according to Noel Whelan.
However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United forward insisted that the 33-year-old should not be signed to play the left-wing back role.
Sky Sports revealed on Sunday that the Hoops made a loan offer for the West Ham winger on Saturday but a move failed to materialise before the window shut on Monday.
Snodgrass is yet to feature for the Hammers in the Premier League this season but has scored twice in the his three starts in the EFL Cup.
The club did confirm the signing of Diego Laxalt on deadline-day, the left-wing back joining on a season-long loan deal from AC Milan.
When asked by Football Insider if Snodgrass was targeted with a view to him playing as a left-wing back, Whelan said: “I don’t think he can play that left-wing back role.
“As much as I love Robert Snodgrass, and I played with him at Livingston, he has never been a defender. He is not of an age where he can do box-to-box.
“He is very effective in the final third and can compete in the midfield but he cannot be expected to go box-to-box for 90 minutes.
“But if you want an impact player going forward, absolutely. Robert Snodgrass has one of the best left-foots out there, trust me.
“He would be honest if you asked him that a box-to-box role would be too demanding on his body.
“If they are going to get him involved it is on the wing so they have done the right thing bringing in Laxalt to play that wing-back role. Snoddy has never been a defender and defending is an art.”
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