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

CELTIC are closing in on Riley McGree an Australian international and former Birmingham loanee. [Daily Mail]

The 23-year old impressed with Birmingham appearing 30 times.  

The midlands club attempted to bring the midfielder on a permanent deal but could not match the price of Middlesbrough, who The Sun report is in ‘pole position’ for his signature.

Nottingham Forrest are also interested in the Charlotte FC player who has a price tag of about £2 million.

The transfer link has come out of nowhere but the Mail states that Ange is an admirer of his fellow countrymen and that Celtic are expected to shake off the competition for the player.

Celtic have already brought two midfielders into the club this window, with Ange confirming he sees Hatate as an attacking midfielder.

If Riley McGree was to come into Celtic it would be unclear where he would play and whose spot he would take.

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