Is John Hartson wrong in his Victor Wanyama to Celtic comments?

John Hartson of Celtic celebrates after scoring during the Scottish Premier division match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park on April 5, 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic tried and failed to sign Tottenham's Premier League outcast Victor Wanyama in the summer, Neil Lennon admitted.

Victor Wanyama of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

John Hartson admits that Victor Wanyama is a ‘quality player’ but he believes a potential problem could arise if Celtic bring the Tottenham Hotspur misfit back to Parkhead in January, speaking to Football FanCast.

After re-signing Fraser Forster from Southampton, Neil Lennon tried and failed to sign another player who shone in green and white during that famous Champions League triumph over Barcelona eight years ago.


Wanyama has fallen out of favour at Spurs and, speaking to the Scottish Sun, the Celtic manager hinted that he could look to rescue him in January after a summer deal ‘never got off the ground’.


Powerful, combative and proven at the very highest level, the £11 million Kenyan international has the quality to walk into Lennon’s starting XI. But, as Hartson is at pains to point out, Celtic already have a host of midfielders jostling for a place in the first-team.

“I think the crowd would like to see him go back. He’s a quality player and Celtic could do with quality players,” said the former Parkhead striker. “He’s a very, very good player and that’s why he’s playing for one of the top four clubs.

Victor Wanyama of Celtic celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Celtic and Barcelona at Celtic Park on November 7, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“But Celtic have got good midfield players. They’ve got a collection at their disposal and they can only play four. Does it upset the balance if you bring in Wanyama all of a sudden?”

Maybe Hartson has missed thee point. Wanyama would not arrive to take the place of Callum McGregor or Ryan Christie after all.

Instead, he could finally ease the burden on ageing skipper Scott Brown while adding some much needed energy in front of the defence, especially against the sort of quality opposition that so often leave Celtic red-faced in Europe.

A midfield of Wanyama, McGregor and Christie has exactly the kind of skill and strength that Lennon needs if the dominant force in Scottish football are to reach the latter stages of the Europa League.

James Maddison of Leicester City evades Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur  during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on...

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