Celtic Scout Ex-Chelsea Academy Player As They Enter 5 Club Transfer Battle

Celtic are among the teams keeping tabs on QPR centre-back Jake Clarke-Salter, according to The Sun.

The English tabloid reports that the Hoops have sent scouts to watch the 26-year-old in action in “recent weeks” ahead of a potential bid this summer.

Clarke-Salter has spent the last two seasons with QPR, having established himself as a regular starter this campaign, with 29 appearances in all competitions.

The former England Under 21 captain is expected to be open to leaving Loftus Road at the end of the campaign, with QPR currently sitting 18th in the Championship table.

4 other clubs are pursuing Clarke-Salter

Celtic will have a battle on their hands trying to secure the defender’s signature, with The Sun claiming that Burnley, Wolves and Crystal Palace are also interested.

The three English Premier League sides have been joined by Championship leaders Ipswich Town in weighing up potential bids for Clarke-Salter.

What do Celtic fans need to know about the centre-half?

Clarke-Salter started his career with Chelsea, progressing through their academy before making two first-team appearances for the Blues in 2016 and 2017.

However, most of his time was spent away on loan spells, having played for the likes of Bristol Rovers, Sunderland, Vitesse Arnhem, Birmingham City and Coventry City.

When his contract expired at Stamford Bridge in 2022, he left to join QPR on a free transfer. His first season was plagued by injuries, which may raise a few alarm bells among Celtic supporters about his overall fitness. Things have improved since then, though, and he has featured regularly since a brief spell out of the side back in November.

With two years remaining on his contract, it remains to be seen whether Brendan Rodgers’ side can sign him for a reasonable fee.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.