Reports have revealed that Celtic are supposedly in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Canadian international, Alistair Johnston [@ManuelVeth].

The 24-year-old defender represented his national side last night in their opening match of Group F against Belgium where they narrowly lost 1-0.

Many Celtic fans have remarked on social media that the Canadian national team was reminiscent of watching Celtic in Europe this season as they went right at the team ranked second in world football but failed to take their chances.

Johnston’s position varies for his club side CF Montréal and Canada as he can either play as a right-back or in central defence.

Alistair Johnston
REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

This versatility may be something that Ange Postecoglou has considered as we know how key inverted fullbacks are to the former Socceroos bosses way of playing the game with Johnston very able to come more centrally.

It is also exciting that Celtic are look to explore another market with our last signings from the USA being the pairing of Andrew Gutman and Manny Perez who didn’t make the grade.

Celtic broke unknown ground in the summer as they bought Argentinian fullback Alexandro Bernabei which was a first for the Hoops. It would be exciting for the club to explore North and South American countries more often with there being bags of potential across the different leagues.

Alexandro Bernabei
Soccer Football – Champions League – Group F – Real Madrid v Celtic – Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain – November 2, 2022 Celtic’s Alexander Bernabei during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Susana Vera

Outwith the top five major leagues in Europe, the MLS sent the most number of players to the World Cup which is testament to the league and the number of quality players which feature there.

If Johnston does arrive in Glasgow it could indicate that Josip Juranovic may be ready for the exit with the Canadian being an able replacement that likely wouldn’t decrease the quality of the team.

He is also in the mould of a player that could come in for a few years and be sold on further down the line to continually boost the self-sustaining player trading model which the club use.





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