A journalist has provided an update on a potential January transfer window signing for Celtic.
Manuel Veth, who covers both German and Canadian football, took to Twitter to disclose that the Hoops are keen on signing Montreal FC right-back Alistair Johnston.
Twitter: Multiple sources! Alistair Johnston is closing in on a move to Scottish giants #CelticFC. A deal is now advanced. T… https://t.co/Gi2If2XsNq (@ManuelVeth)
The social media post reveals that a deal is ‘now advanced’ for the player whose contract expires at the end of 2023.
The 24-year-old right-back featured for Canada in their recent 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the World Cup. If Johnston does sign for the Hoops, he will be the second signing completed by the Bhoys before the transfer window officially opens, after the signing of Vissel Kobe centre-back Yuki Kobayashi.
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It looks to be a feature of Ange Postecoglou’s time at Celtic that he is looking to get transfers done as quickly possible in the January transfer window. That happened last season, and it already looks to be happening with Kobayashi and the potential signing of Johnston.
That is very smart thinking by Postecoglou, as it allows the players that are signed to get use to life at Celtic Park, as it is not always easy for players to come from another country and all of a sudden be thrown into the first-team at the club, where there is an expectation that you don’t have at most other football clubs.
Looking at how Johnston fared for Canada against Belgium, WhoScored.Com shows that the player had one shot on target and three key passes in the game, which shows that he won’t be afraid of attacking, which is how the Celtic manager likes his full-backs, you only need to look at Greg Taylor scoring the winning goal against Hearts last month for an example of that.
Signing players that can fit into Postecoglou’s system and style of play should be a pre-requisite of the signings that Celtic make, and it looks as if Johnston will fit into the system that has brought the Celtic manager a lot of success in the past 12 months.
Only time will tell if a deal for Johnston happens or not, and Celtic obviously won’t comment on any speculation when it comes to potential new signings. But it does look like the Hoops will be relatively busy in the upcoming January transfer window.