Alistair Johnston
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CELTIC are closing in on the signing of Canadian right-back Alistair Johnston, according to Manuel Veth.

It’s thought that the club are in advanced talks with the player, who joined Montreal at the start of the MLS season just under 12 months ago.

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Johnston, who has a British passport which means the registration process should be easier, is currently at the World Cup with Canada, and started their opening match against Belgium. The country was on top for the majority of the match, and it’s quite astonishing how they have nothing to show for it.

The player predominantly plays on the right of a back four, but can play a central role too.

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Canada hold a welcome event with local volunteers – Umm Salal Sport Club, Doha, Qatar – November 14, 2022 Canada’s Alistair Johnston during a welcome event REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Celtic signing the right-back suggests that the club are braced for the departure of Josip Juranovic. There’s been lots of rumours about the right-back’s future, with it thought that Celtic are keen to cash in on the player when his market value peaks after the World Cup.

There’s been little noise from the player’s camp after he was linked to some top clubs in the summer.


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