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Should Celtic make a move for Andros Townsend?

The come and get me plea isn’t used as much as it once was in football but Celtic may have just had an opportunity presented to themselves.

That’s because a former England international has failed to rule himself out of a move to Parkhead this summer.

What’s the word?

Celtic have been linked with a number of forward players in the last few days from Rafael Santos Borre and Ryan Gauld to Bright Osayi-Samuel.

However, if the Bhoys are looking for alternatives in a wide area, they could look towards Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend.

The Eagles flanker is out of contract at the end of the month and hasn’t ruled out a move to Celtic.

Should Celtic sign Andros Townsend this summer?

No way!

No way!

Yes please!

Yes please!

Speaking to talkSPORT (via 67hailhail), the 29-year-old said: “I’m open to everything. If there’s an option that presents itself and it’s the best one for me and fulfils my needs, I wouldn’t turn it down just because it’s in another country.”

Townsend is quickly approaching the later stages of his career but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be a good signing for Celtic and Dominic McKay.

Should they sign him?

Coming through the ranks Andros Townsend was treated like a player with immense potential.

He learnt his trade at Tottenham and was even tipped to become a player as good as Gareth Bale.

Those were the words of Jan Vertonghen who said: “I think Andros can be our new Gareth Bale. He has so much pace, tekkers and skill, and he can destroy you with both feet,” the Belgian began.

“I just hope he can keep going like this and he can be our best-ever player. I really think that, maybe one day, he could reach that level if he keeps working, which I’m sure he will. He’s still young, and in another two or three years I think he can reach that level,” Vertonghen concluded.

It’s safe to say Townsend never reached that level but he does possess wonderful technique and can frighten defenders on his right and on his left.

The Palace winger has scored just 16 goals during his time in London but under Roy Hodgson, he became a vital player.

The ex-England international missed just four matches in the Premier League last term, producing productive numbers of 1.2 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game.

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Of Celtic’s attacking players last season, only Ryan Christie and David Turnbull were more creative than Townsend. Meanwhile, Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard were the only pair to achieve more take-ons per match.

A mazy dribbler, Townsend is still capable of producing some golden moments. Cast your mind back a few years ago and you may recall a rasping volley from the Englishman against Manchester City.

The winger let fly with a breathtaking volley from range which beat the goalkeeper all ends up. It was such a sweet strike that it was sensationally shortlisted for the Puskas award.

Those moments are rare but it shows that on his day, he can trouble any opposition. Townsend has struggled for consistency in his career but his work ethic has to be admired.

“I felt as though Andros Townsend was hugely deserving of praise on the day because of his absolutely tireless work rate on the flank for us,” Palace podcaster Dan Cook said last term.

In a nutshell, that describes the forward perfectly. He doesn’t always offer sensational attacking returns but there is plenty about his game to like for Celtic.

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