Controversial footballer Joey Barton may not be stranded in free-transfer limbo much longer, with Scottish champions Celtic a probable destination according to bookmakers bwin.
At 6/4 with the firm, newly-promoted Premier League side Watford currently top the list of clubs Barton could join on a permanent basis by a September 4th cut-off date, but the Hornets are swiftly followed by Celtic at 5/2.
After a bizarre scenario where West Ham appeared to renege on the offer of a contract at the 11th hour, the market implies it’s now just a two-horse race for the free agent’s services, with former club Newcastle a leap back 8’s.
Having endured a testing season scrapping it out at the bottom of the English top-flight with former club QPR last term, a move north of the border and certain involvement in European football is sure to be a tempting prospect.
Barton tasted the Europa League while on loan at French club Marseille and is known to have greatly enjoyed the experience of continental competition.
Although Watford began their first Premier League season breezily with a point at Everton on the opening weekend, a long-hard slog often becomes the reality for Championship clubs returning to the highest tier.
The ball is in Barton’s court it would seem.