Former Kilmarnock defender, Alex Bruce has backed Celtic’s move for Mohamed Sankoh and believes that it would be a great move for the Stoke City forward should he make the move north.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bruce explains why he thinks the Dutch youth international would be well served by signing for Neil Lennon’s side.
So what has Bruce said?
When asked about the recent speculation linking Sankoh to the Parkhead side and whether or not it would be a good move for the youngster, he said:
“Ultimately it’s all about the pathway – you’ve got to look at who’s ahead of you, what ages they’re at, are you better than them?
“If a player’s going to move, my advice is to go somewhere or stay somewhere where you’re going to play and make a reputation for yourself. If he’s that good, the big boys will come calling.
“The one thing you don’t want to do is go to a team where your pathway’s blocked. You’re always better playing.
“We’ve seen the kind of reputation these guys have developed at Celtic – the likes of Edouard, Dembele, young lads who have gone and earned a decent reputation.
“The only way you can do that is by playing games and if you’re up there and you can play for a big club like Celtic, play in the big competitions and prove your worth, it’s only going to do his stock the world of good.”
So is Bruce correct?
Absolutely, Celtic’s recruitment team need only point to the success of Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard to demonstrate how well they can develop teenagers, with one being linked with a £60million move to Manchester United and the other also being tipped for a Premier League transfer in the region of £40m.
Celtic will have an advantage over clubs in England scouting Sankoh in that they can offer him professional terms a year earlier and it is this, and the lure of first-team football, that could sway him.
Neil Lennon has shown that age is no barrier to progression into the first XI with Jeremie Frimpong and Karamoko Dembele consistently making match day squads, the former being widely considered as the main man for the right-back role.
Bruce is correct, there is a clear and obvious pathway at Celtic to Champions League football and regular silverware playing in front of 60,000 fans every other week, the alternative in the Premier League could lead to season after season of loan deals in the lower leagues of English football – not the toughest of decisions after all.