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Transfer Focus: Brandon Barker is not an improvement on the players Celtic already have

Celtic are lining up a move for Manchester City winger Brandon Barker, according to The Daily Mail.

What’s the story?

Hoops boss Neil Lennon has previously worked with Barker, taking him on loan from the English champions when manager of Hibernian back in 2017.

The paper say he is now looking for a reunion with the player, who is entering the final year of his contract at City and is unlikely to be offered a new deal.

The report states he is earning £16,000-a-week at the Etihad meaning he wouldn’t be the cheapest of signings when fitting into Celtic’s squad, but he is clearly a player Lennon knows and trusts.

With Celtic looking for fresh ideas in attack heading into the new season, is the 22-year-old the right kind of signing?

Keith from C’mon the Hoops throws back to a former Celtic and Ireland star in the video below…

No improvement

Frankly, Barker’s signing doesn’t appear to make much sense when you consider his playing history, both working under Lennon and spending time on loan at other clubs.

He played 30 matches for Hibs in the 2017/18 season, but managed to score just two goals, with his five assists not really catching the eye in terms of output either.

When you consider that Scott Sinclair has scored 60 goals and assisted 34 times in three seasons at the Hoops and has still been criticised by supporters, the notion that Barker can offer the necessary goal contribution is fanciful at best.

He is no improvement on other emerging stars like Mikey Johnston either, who has shown a skill and craft with the ball well beyond what Barker demonstrated at Hibs.

Coming off the back of a difficult season on loan at Preston North End, there’s not much evidence that Barker can be a hit at Celtic Park.

Celtic fans should probably feel a little dismayed that this is the calibre of winger that the club are looking at this summer, whether he is known by Lennon or not.

Signings should only be brought to the club if they can improve on what’s already available or replace players who have just left, otherwise there’s little point.

Article title: Transfer Focus: Brandon Barker is not an improvement on the players Celtic already have

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