This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Celtic are preparing a seven-figure bid for Exeter City wide man Joel Randall, according to a report from Football Insider.
The Hoops have been tracking the 21-year-old this season and feel he has the quality to cut it at a higher level.
The report claims they’re set to submit a bid in the excess of £1 million for the Exeter man.
But would he be a good signing for Celtic? And is he ready to make the step up?
We quizzed our FLW writers on just that…
The jump between League Two and the top-tier of Scottish football isn’t massive, particularly when you consider Celtic are one of the top clubs to be joining.
With that in mind I think that Randall could adapt quite quickly.
One thing in the midfielder’s favour, though, is that fact that he’s only 21.
He’s got bags of potential and there’s room there to develop into a top player in Scotland if he makes the move.
10 goal involvements in 19 appearances this season underline that he’s in a good moment and that spring in his step could help him settle even quicker if he makes the move to Celtic.
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This’d be a real astute signing.
I’m a big fan of Randall and think he has a very bright future and joining a club like Celtic would provide him with the platform to really kick-on and excel in the game.
The 21-year-old is a key cog in the Exeter side and has chipped in with six goals and four assists so far in League Two this season, and I think he has all the technical attributes needed to progress.
What I like about Randall is his dribbling ability with him able to comfortably succeed in one on one duels with defenders, whilst he is also able to combine that with an impressive crossing ability.
He’s a lively option to have in the final third and Celtic are probably viewing Randall as someone who can slot in here and there in the current team, but are likely eyeing him as a long-term solution down the left-flank.
He can also operate at right midfield, so he’s a real versatile option to have.
This is an interesting one.
There is no doubt that this would be a big step up for Randall to make at such an early age of his career, meaning this could be something of a risk if Celtic were to throw him straight into their first team.
However, with the options they have, there is probably no need for them to do that, and given Randall is clearly a player who possesses a good deal of potential, he is someone who could make an impact for them, particularly with the improvements he would likely make training with a squad of Celtic’s ability.
As a result, he could still be one for the future, and given the level of interest there is in him now, it could be sensible for Celtic to get this deal done quickly, while Randall is still available at what will be a relatively cheap price in comparison to what he could be going for in a few years time.