Celtic have reportedly joined Leeds United in the race to sign Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius in January.

That’s according to German outlet Bild, cited by Inside Futbol, who claim that the Hoops are tracking the 21-year-old ahead of making a possible move in the New Year.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have been keeping tabs on the German for a longer time and are also thought to be weighing up a potential swoop.

Hamburg head coach Daniel Thioune described Ambrosius as ‘very consistent‘ just last month, with the defender making six appearances in the German second tier this season. [Transfermarkt]

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Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell loves a bargain – he came in for criticism over the summer following transfer links to then-free agent Steven Fletcher.

The Hoops have been linked with numerous players on pre-contract deals in recent months, such as Alfie Doughty, Ben Davies, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Siriki Dembele.

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It appears as if Ambrosius can be added to that list, and with Neil Lennon chopping and changing his backline, the Hoops may well firm up their interest in the youngster over the coming months.

Ambrosius, who has also played in a defensive midfield role, made his first appearance for Germany’s under-21 side this month.