Former Sunderland and West Brom striker Kevin Phillips is backing Celtic manager Neil Lennon to get the best out of Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe if the 24-year-old makes the switch to Parkhead this summer.
The Hoops have been linked with a move for the former Liverpool player over the past year, and with his contract expiring in June, he will be available on a free transfer. Phillips thinks the midfielder could thrive in Scotland:
“It could be a really good signing for Celtic. The way they bring players on and what does Neil Lennon does up there. Players go up there and show their quality – look at Jermaine Defoe.”
“He has scored a hatful of goals. It could be a good move for the lad. Playing in front of those amazing supporters will give him an extra 10%.”
Ibe joined Bournemouth for £16m in 2016, but he has struggled for form ever since he arrived at the Vitality Stadium. He has scored just five goals and contributed nine assists in 92 appearances for the Cherries.
The former England Under 21 international has barely kicked a ball this campaign, having started two Carabao Cup ties, and made only two substitute appearances in the Premier League; both of which came back in August.
With Mohamed Elyounoussi expected to return to Southampton at the end of his loan spell, a move for Ibe could well be on the cards, but it remains to be seen whether Lennon can revive his career.