Soccer Football - World Cup - Asian Qualifiers - Third Round - Group B - China v Australia - Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates - November 16, 2021 Australia's Riley McGree in action with China's Wang Shenchao REUTERS/Satish Kumar

It’s been a fast moving story on Sunday afternoon but there is serious momentum behind Celtic’s move for Charlotte midfielder Riley McGree.

The rumour emerged overnight but since this morning a number of very credible sources have revealed the deal looks on.

McGree, 23, spent the first half of the season on loan to Birmingham City where the fans really took the Australian.

Birmingham confirmed on New Year’s Eve Riley had returned to America with his parent club, much to the disappointment of Birmingham supporters.

Ange has been alerted to his compatriot’s availability this January and has moved quickly to try and secure a deal.

Athletic and US reporter claim Celtic are set to agree a few of just under £3m for the Australian midfielder.

The initial tweet had the fee in dollars but the reporter has since corrected himself and revealed it was meant to say pounds.

Ange has been following Riley’s career for st least the last five years and knows the player very well.

The Celtic manager is a huge advocate of Australian football and has kept tabs on many talents exported out of Australia.

This would be Celtic’s fifth signing of the window if it goes through. The Japanese trio, Johnny Kenny and now Riley.

Celtic aren’t messing about.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Jota and CCV can be purchased in summertime if necessary. We need money to buy just now and both these players are here until season ends anyway

  2. do we need another midfielder to sit on bench…..boss wont drop mcgregor or guchi so either rogic turnbull { when fit } sor anyone agree or disagree?o mccarthy etc will have to drop out or be sold!! squad is looking better esp when everyone fit….only c/b required in case julien or starsfelt aren’t available as back-up….top 2 ccv & welsh!!

  3. We must have plan buying Japanese and aussie international players with world cup games coming up must be able to rearrange sevco game cause we will have 6 players on internationals duty no counting injuries that’s a whole team this game is so important can’t expect other spl teams to take points off sevco we have 9 points if we beat them in remaining games ?

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