Terry Butcher suggests Celtic are keen on Marley Watkins, could scupper Ipswich Town hopes

Inverness Caledonian Thistle's manager Terry Butcher celebrates

Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are yet to be formally linked with the departing Barnsley winger.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle's manager Terry Butcher celebratesFormer Inverness manager Terry Butcher

Scottish champions Celtic are the latest club to be linked with a move for Barnsley's Marley Watkins... by the player's former manager - and ex-Rangers defender - Terry Butcher.

Watkins is out of contract at the end of next month and intends to explore alternative options, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

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A string of English Championship and Premier League sides have already been linked with moves for the 10-goal winger, with Burnley, Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers among the most recent [The Sun].

Butcher's old club Ipswich Town are thought to have seen a couple of £1 million-plus bids turned down by Barnsley in January, and the 58-year-old fears the Tractor Boys may have missed their chance.

"I think he will now go to a club that will be able to offer him a lot more than what Ipswich can pay him," Butcher told the East Anglian Daily Times.

"I would love to see him here and had Town got him here in January, he would certainly have helped get us higher up the league table.

Barnsley's Marley Watkins celebrates scoring his sides first goalBarnsley winger Marley Watkins

"Unfortunately, I think he will be moving on to bigger and better things now as there are a number of quality clubs looking at him. Celtic have been linked with him in Scotland and then there is interest from some high-end Championship clubs and even the Premier League."

Despite Butcher's claims, Brendan Rodgers' Celtic have yet to be formally linked with Watkins, who previously spent time north of the border with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Celtic's Patrick RobertsCeltic winger Patrick Roberts

However, the Bhoys' interest in the 26-year-old would certainly make sense, with the future of loan winger Patrick Roberts uncertain.

Should Celtic make a move for Barnsley winger Watkins? Have Ipswich missed their chance?

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