Reported Celtic target Ikechi Anya suggests future is based in England with dreams of Premier League

Ikechi Anya has seemingly ruled out a potential transfer to Celtic.

Speaking to the Watford Observer, Hornets winger Anya has admitted that he wants his future to take place in the Premier League, and not in the Championship.

The Scottish international said: “I’m only 27 and I don’t want my highlight to be vying for a place in the Premier League and almost qualifying for the European Championships [with Scotland].

“I want to go past that; I want to be in the Premier League and regular European competitions and World Cup competitions.”

Anya seems to be returning to form for the Hornets following the appointment of Slavisa Jokanovic earlier this season, having struggled to replicate his early Watford form last term.

After breaking onto the scene in the Championship in the 2012/13 season, the former Granada man struggled last season and in the opening of this campaign. However, it appears as if Jokanovic’s desire to play him in an attacking role, rather than as a wing-back is paying off, as his creative play is coming back.

It was this sort of form that saw Gordon Strachan call Anya up to Scotland’s national squad in 2013, and with them he has since become a key player. It was also this call-up that caught the attention of Scottish giants Celtic, who have remained keenly interested in signing the 27-year-old, as per the Mail.

Whilst Celtic’s regular involvement in the Champions League would likely be a big enticement for any potential player, Anya has admitted that it is the Premier League that he wants to play in, and that is a real possibly with Watford.

They are fighting for promotion this season, and even if it is not achieved that will continue for the immediate future with Anya playing a key role.

Celtic may be a move that he sees through in the future, but right now Anya is confident of winning promotion with the Hornets, and playing in the Premier League.

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