19-goal striker Celtic showed interest in set for early injury return after transfer warning

By Lewis Laird

August 3, 2022

Ferencvaros striker Ryan Mmaee is expected to make an early injury return after being added to his side’s Champions League squad for their tie against Qarabag [Magyarnemzet].

The 24-year-old frontman has been linked to Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side, with reports stating that Hoops were keeping a close eye on the Moroccan.

In late May, the Daily Record stated that Mmaee had emerged on Celtic’s transfer radar, with extensive data analysis being undertaken on the striker.

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Mmaee is a familiar face to the staff at Parkhead after coming up against the Bhoys for Ferencvaros in the Europa League last campaign.

Several outlets have also stated that Postecoglou is on the hunt for a new attacking addition this window, and the Moroccan appeared to fit the bill.

However, the Hungarian champions quickly came out and shut down any transfer speculation, insisting that Mmaee wouldn’t be going anywhere as he was recovering from an injury.

Remaining out since April, Ferencvaros sporting director Tamás Hajnal was insistent that Mmaee would be staying with his current side this summer whilst he recovered from long-term injury.

But, the 19-goal striker has recovered quicker than expected, with his injury rehab being ‘accelerated’, allowing him to return in time for their Champions League tie against Qarabag this evening.

After making a swift return from injury, could there now also be a chance that Mmaee comes back up on the Hoops radar this summer?

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Returning attention to Mmaee could depend on one transfer variable this summer.

Despite already completing seven pieces of business this summer, Ange Postecoglou has confirmed on several occasions that he expects to return to the transfer market this summer.

Another attacking option seems to be high on the 56-year-old’s agenda. So, Ryan Mmaee could be a player he turns to in the final few weeks of the window.

However, there may be one more variable that is holding up any more for a new striker, and that is the future of Albian Ajeti.

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It has been an underwhelming few seasons for Ajeti at Celtic, and his future seems almost destined to be elsewhere.

Postecoglou has already offloaded some of the squad’s deadwood this summer, overseeing the exits of the likes of Vasilis Barkas and Ismaila Soro.

But, there will still be a few on the ex-Socceroos manager’s list, including Ajeti.

It will be interesting to see if the Swiss frontman is moved on within the next few weeks if the Celtic boss finally makes his delve into the market for a new striker/attacker to replace him.

You would imagine, after returning from injury, Mmaee would be high up the list of alternatives on Celtic’s wishlist.

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