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This midfield ace should snub a Championship move and head to Celtic

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Barnsley supporters are facing yet more disappointment, following an announcement confirming that Josh Scowen and Marley Watkins were both keen to “explore other options” and would be leaving Oakwell.

Scowen and Watkins are set to add to the list of players, including James Bree, Conor Hourihane and Sam Winnall, to leave the club in the last six months, after helping Barnsley back to the Sky Bet Championship last year.

Both players have plenty of admirers in the Championship, and Watkins is also on the radar of Celtic, who reportedly want to take the 26-year old north of the border.

Watkins should snub a move elsewhere in the Championship and head back to the Scottish Premier League, where he has previously played for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, to link up with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic.

The midfielder would flourish at Celtic and also gain a chance of playing European football, which will be an opportunity that is hard to turn down.

Another reason Watkins should avoid moving elsewhere in the Championship, is what has happened to his former teammates since their departures from Oakwell.

Bree and Hourihane moved to Aston Villa in January and have been part of a side that has struggled to a 13th place finish under Steve Bruce this season.

Around the same time, Winnall opted to sign for Sheffield Wednesday, where he has recently found opportunities limited as the Owls push for promotion.

The trio may have only spent six months away from Oakwell, but they have failed to hit the same heights that made them crowd favourites with Barnsley.

If Watkins wants proof that a move sideways in the Championship may not be best for him, he should look at the impact his former teammates are having with their new clubs, and when he considers his next destination, he should look no further than Celtic if they pursue their interest in him.

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