May 5, 2022

Which players have been linked with a transfer to Celtic this summer?

Which players have been linked with a transfer to Celtic this summer?

In the summer of 2021, Celtic went through one of their most tumultuous transfer windows in recent memory.

The appointment of Ange Postecoglou was accompanied by an exodus of many players - players who had to be replaced.

The disappointments of last season meant that improvements had to be made in pretty much every department, and the club oversaw the following acquisitions:

Kyogo Furuhashi (Vissel Kobe), Carl Starfelt (Rubin Kazan), Liel Abada (Maccabi Petah Tikva), Josip Juranovic (Legia Warsaw), Georgios Giakoumakis (VVV-Venlo), Joe Hart (Tottenham), Liam Scales (Shamrock Rovers), Liam Shaw (Sheffield Wednesday), Osaze Urhoghide (Sheffield Wednesday), and James McCarthy (Crystal Palace).

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota arrived from Tottenham and Benfica on loan respectively, while in the January transfer window, Matt O'Riley, Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Johnny Kenny all signed.

With money set to burn Celtic's pocket due to the upcoming Champions League group stage windfall, the transfer rumour mill has already been in full force, even with the season yet to finish.

Here are some of the names being linked with a permanent transfer to Celtic Park.

Mohanad Jeahze (Hammarby)
Position: Left-back
Age: 25

Greg Taylor has earned plenty of admirers for his performances since the turn of the year, but at the very least, Celtic need someone in at left-back to provide competition for the Scotland international. Mohanad Jeahze is currently at Hammarby and has helped the club set the early pace in the 2022 Allsvenskan.

On his future, he said: “I can’t say much about that.

“I’ve always been very clear. If I am going to leave Hammarby it will be for something better than Hammarby. I love it here in Hammarby.”

It has been reported that Celtic have agreed a deal to sign the player for £2 million.

Ola Solbakken (Bodo/Glimt)
Position: Right wing/ Left wing
Age: 23

Celtic fans, of course, know all about Ola Solbakken as he was part of the Bodo/Glimt side who tore the team apart over two legs in the Europa Conference. The 23-year-old was deployed down the right wing and gave Taylor a torrid time, utilising his unique combination of strength, height and speed to maraud down the flank, while he also found the back of the net in the second leg.

It has widely been reported that the club actually turned down the opportunity to sign Solbakken a year ago.

Accoding to the Daily Mail, Postecoglou views Solbakken as an alternative to Jota. However, it has recently been revealed that he will undergo ankle surgery, so the pace of his rehabilitation will be crucial in any move away from Bodo/Glimt.

Nikita Haikin (Bodo/Glimt)
Position: Goalkeeper
Age: 26

Another player who featured against Celtic in the Europa Conference for Bodo/Glimt was goalkeeper Nikita Haikin. In addition to Hart, the club has Scott Bain and Vasilias Barkas to compete for the number one jersey, but should Bain or Barkas be moved on, Haikin will be targeted for a knockdown price due to his contract status.

Josh Doig (Hibs)
Position: Left-back
Age: 19

Another player that Hoops fans will be familiar with is Hibs left-back Josh Doig. Scotland seems to producing a quality full-back every few years, and the national team is spoiled for choice in that position due to the presence of Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson. 

Doig will certainly be involved in the Scotland set up in the future and could be the latest Scottish talent to move to England, with Arsenal, Watford and Leeds said to be interested.

However, Celtic have a long-standing interest in the player and would certainly be able to offer him more first-team football than a club like Arsenal.

Alexandre Mendy (Caen)
Position: Centre-forward
Age: 28

According to French outlet L'Equipe, Celtic have already had an offer of €3 million rejected for Caen striker Alexandre Mendy. 

The big centre-forward has been one of the best strikers in Ligue 2 this season, scoring 16 goals in 31 starts in the French second tier.

At 6ft 2in, he acquisition would allow for something different in the final third from Celtic, a physical presence capable of getting on the end of high crosses.

However, doubts have been raised over his suitability to 'Angeball' as he is not known for his pressing from the front. At 28, he also does not have a great level of resale value.

Christopher Scott (Bayern Munich)
Position: Attacking midfielder
Age: 19

Celtic have been linked with a free transfer move for Bayern Munich youngster Christopher Scott, whose contract expires this summer. As reported by the Daily Record, Bayern will trigger a one-year contract extension before selling the player in order to avoid him leaving for free.

An attacking midfielder, Scott has already, impressively, made his debut in the Bundesliga for Bayern, but he mainly features for the reserves side.

A source told the Record: 

“Bayern Munich has the option of extending Christopher’s contract by one more year and this is one-sided on the club’s part.

“Bayern Munich won’t let him go for free because he’s one of the biggest talents in Germany and it would cost around €300,000 to €400,000 for him.

“It’s about finding the best solution for a young player. The option for his contract is at the end of May and that will be taken up by Bayern Munich.

“Bayern Munich at the moment aren’t well known for bringing players into the first team and Christopher is looking for a new challenge.

“It’s clear that Glasgow Celtic would be a massive option for him and they have been in talks but the English Premier League is also an option for someone who is a massive talent.

“Celtic are serious contenders because they are a massive club and they are very serious about trying to sign him.”