Former Celtic prospect Jackson Irvine is wanted by Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County and Wolves after a fine season with Burton Albion.
Pound for pound, no club in the Championship enjoyed a more successful season than Burton Albion in 2016/17. It cannot be forgotten that The Brewers are enjoying their first ever spell in the second tier.
Thanks to the superb work of manager Nigel Clough, they will be sticking around for another season after finishing a point above the drop zone – despite having one of the smallest budgets in the division.
And a major part of their success is down to the goals of Jackson Irvine. The Australian international, the club’s record signing at just £330,000 (BBC), struck 10 times in 41 games last season. Only Fulham duo Tom Cairney and Stefan Johansen scored more from central midfield.
However, the downside of success is that Irvine has attracted plenty of interest from green-eyed rivals. The World Game claims that a whole host of promotion chasing sides, including Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County and Wolves, are all interested in one of 2016/17’s surprise stars.
One that got away?
Therefore, you wonder how his success is going down at Celtic. Irvine signed for the Scottish in 2010 after a successful trial period and even captained the club’s Under-19 and Under-20 sides.
However, despite starring in the reserves, chances in the first-team were not forthcoming for the Melbourne-born starlet.
Irvine played just one league game in Celtic colours, a 2-2 draw with Hibernian in 2012, before being shunted out on loan to Kilmarnock and Ross County.
Eventually, The Staggies signed him on a permanent deal for nothing more than a minimal ‘development fee’, the BBC reported.
Now, two years on, he is one of the most in-demand players in the Championship. Perhaps Celtic let Irvine leave a little too early.