Norwich captain predicts Premier League move for Celtic target

Russell Martin has backed in-demand midfielder Robert Snodgrass for an immediate move to the Premier League rather than a summer switch to Celtic.

Robert Snodgrass’ contract demands could prompt the Scotland international to move to another Premier League club rather than Celtic, Russell Martin has warned.

The 26-year-old has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, with a series of top-flight clubs linked with moves for the former Leeds United star.

West Ham United and Hull City are both believed to be tracking the midfielder, who impressed in an otherwise disastrous season for Norwich City, with the Canaries relegated back to the Championship after three seasons in the Premier League.

They could face competition for his services though, with Celtic also entering the race to recruit Snodgrass, who managed seven goals for the East Anglia club this term.

But while teammate Martin is undoubtedly eager to talk up Norwich’s chances for the season to come, even he was willing to admit that Snodgrass’s future lay away from the club, noting that he “would be surprised” if no one launched a serious bid for the Scot.

“It depends on what other Premier League clubs and managers want to do and how much they want them and what this club decides it wants to do,” he told EDP 24.

Question marks remain as to whether Celtic could or would be willing to compete with the likes of West Ham for a player who is likely to cost over the odds.

He would, nevertheless, be a welcome addition at Parkhead, with Bhoys supporters undoubtedly keen to recruit more quality players in the mould of Snodgrass.

The midfielder is the latest Canaries star to be linked with a move away from the club, following in the footsteps of teammates like Sebastian Bassong and Gary Hooper.

Hooper, for instance, was rumoured to be on Celtic’s radar, prior to the departure of Neil Lennon.

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