Belfast Live are reporting that the Imps are joining Brighton and Leicester in watching Glentoran winger Aaron Wightman.
The Northern Ireland Under-19 international has already been tipped to make it in the English game by his assistant manager, Rodney McAree, and it seems he has no shortage of potential suitors. Leicester watched him as Glentoran destroyed Glenavon 5-0, and more scouts were doubtless present as his side overcame Cliftonville in the Europe Conference play-off this weekend. Stoke City are also interested, whilst we watched him the previous week, possibly during their 2-1 win against Crusaders on April 29th.
Wightman is a versatile right-sided midfielder, comfortable on the wing, and has made 20 top-flight appearances for his club, as well as appearing in five of the post-split matches as well. McAree believes he has what it takes to come over to England and make an impact. “I think Aaron has the capability of going on to bigger and better things again, even going across to England, but that is up to Aaron to continue to put in the hard work he is putting in at this moment in time,” said former Liverpool trainee McAree.
The Imps have had some success with Irish recruits; Sean Roughan is a man in demand this summer, and Danny Mandroiu and Dylan Duffy have had solid starts to their Imps career. Young Oisin Gallagher has been around the first-team squad as well, whilst further back, we had Gareth McAuley and Jeff Hughes go on to bigger and better things. Remember, we also had James McClean at the club, albeit for just two days.
There’s bound to be lots of interest in the player, who can play on either side and has appeared as an attacking midfielder and a right-back this season. In recent weeks, he’s played as a right wing-back, which would fit our requirements in terms of recruitment. Whether we get beyond the scouting stage or not is obviously unclear, and as we know, we’re looking at plenty of other players as well.