The staggering total number of players Celtic have been linked with this summer

By David Walton

June 20, 2022

We knew it was going to be another summer of players being linked with Celtic all over the shop, but even for a transfer window it feels like it’s getting out of hand already.

We at 67HailHail do our best to bring you all reports regarding new names linked with a move to Celtic Park. Whether those stories come from home or abroad, we’ve done our best so far to provide you with every name Ange Postecoglou is supposedly interested in.

And, incredibly, we’ve already been linked with as many as 29 players since the end of the season. Below, we breakdown who they are and what positions they feature in:

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Goalkeepers

Benjamin Siegrist – [Daily Mail]

Nikita Haikin – [Football Insider]

Nikola Vasilj – [Football Insider]

It makes sense as to why Celtic would be on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer. As much as Joe Hart has had a fine season, our back-up simply isn’t good enough.

Scott Bain has struggled to make much of an impact when given an opportunity, and was particularly poor during the 2020/21 campaign. With only Tobi Oluwayemi behind him, we could do with another option.

It looks at the moment as though that man will indeed be Siegrist. The Scottish Sun reported last week that the former Dundee United shot-stopper was set to become our second signing of the summer.

As for Haikin and Vasilj? There’s been no further update on either individual.

Defenders

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Taylor Harwood-Bellis – [Sky Sports]

Ko Itakura – [Sky Sports]

Julian Aude – [Stephen McGowan via Clyde 1 Superscoreboard]

Matthew Sorinola – [Wales Online]

Francisco Ortega – [Daily Mail]

Mohanad Jeahze – [Expressen]

Erick Otieno[Fotboll Direkt]

Joseph Okumu – [People Daily]

Ben Crompton – [Shropshire Star]

Alexandro Bernabei – [Football Scotland]

Celtic are in need of both a centre-back and left-back this summer. No surprises then that those in the list above operate in either of those positions.

It looked for long stages as though the left-back issue was going to be solved with Hammarby’s Mohanad Jeahze. However, recently, reports of a move for Alexandro Bernabei of Argentinian outfit Lanus look a lot more plausible.

We don’t particularly look any closer to signing a new centre-back than we did when the transfer window officially opened. However, the links to the likes of Ko Itakura, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, and Joseph Okumu have all gone relatively quiet.

It’s still up in the air as to who joins in that position. Hopefully, there’ll be more clarity on this soon.

Midfielders

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Christopher Scott – [GhanaSoccerNet]

Connor Barron – [Daily Express]

Mohammed Abu Fani – [Sport 5]

Kevin N’Doram – [Homme du Match]

Reuben MacAllister [Football Scotland]

Tom Lawrence – [TEAMtalk]

Vinicius Souza – [Daily Mail]

Amadou Mbengue – [Foot Mercato]

A defensive-midfielder needs to be high on Celtic’s transfer agenda this summer. Souza, who spent last season on loan with KV Mechelen in Belgium, appears to be our top choice at the moment. However, there is no indication of the player making a firm decision on his future anytime soon.

Regardless, a replacement is undoubtedly needed for Nir Bitton, who leaves a gaping hole in the squad that needs filling. Kevin N

N’Doram and Amadou Mbengue are other potential options. But the links aren’t as strong as those to Souza.

Whether we make an approach for the likes of Barron or Abu Fani also remains to be seen, but a natural deep-lying midfielder has to be the goal.

Attackers

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Ola Solbakken – [Scottish Daily Mail, print edition, 27/04, back page]

Ryan Mmaee – [Daily Record]

Antoine Semenyo – [Bristol World]

Stephen Odey – [All Nigeria Soccer]

Adil Boulbina – [DZ Foot]

Rabbi Matondo – [Wales Online]

Japhet Matondo – [Football Scotland]

Tyrhys Dolan – [TalkSPORT]

The likes of Boulbina and the Matondo brothers certainly don’t look like joining the Hoops this summer. The same goes for Ola Solbakken, who looks more likely to hear for Roma.

The reason being that Celtic are really only in the market for another striker at the moment. There’s no need for us to add to our wide options whatsoever with none of our star players likely to be off. The only reason that would change is if Jota doesn’t sign on permanently at Parkhead.

When it comes to centre-forward options, there’s no indication as of yet as to who Ange’s preferred option would be. Mmaee of Ferencvaros certainly has the best track record of those listed above, whilst Antoine Semenyo looks to be out of our price-range.

But it’s certainly a huge number of names that have already been linked with a move to Glasgow. All eyes now on who Ange selects to take us forward.

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