Galatasaray, one of three teams Celtic could face in Champions League qualifying, are already scouting Scotland for potential talent, including Ryan Porteous.
The draw for the second qualifying round takes place in five days time. Celtic can draw the Turkish side, FC Midtjylland or Rapid Vienna, as we’ve discussed before.
The Scottish Sun have reported that Gala are already looking to Scottish shores for Porteous of Hibernian. The paper believes that they’ll offer a seven-figure fee for the central defender, plus significant add-ons, hoping to convince Hibs to sell.
It’s said that the Turkish giants have been scouting the 22-year-old for the last year.
Is Ryan Porteous an option for Celtic?
We’ve talked about Porteous as a potential Celtic target before on 67 Hail Hail. Supporters have been impressed with him in the past, particularly in a game against Rangers last September. That was the one he managed to wind up a number of Rangers players and Steven Gerrard.
With Celtic needing solid squad options and bodies in the door, he doesn’t strike me as a terrible potential signing for a low seven-figure fee. Bringing in a hungry 22-year-old with commitment and love for defensive football is more appetising than watching us persist with Nir Bitton.
It’s interesting that one of our Champions League peers are taking a keen interest. Celtic supporters often like to measure the club against outfits also taking part in the qualifying process.
After lengthy scouting, Gala apparently see something in Porteous that tempts them to take him out from under our nose and abroad to foreign shores. Should that wake Celtic up to the Porteous party?
For what it’s worth, the Bhoys are obviously well aware of the defender and his skills. The fact we haven’t been linked with him in a meaningful way suggests that Celtic aren’t keen.
Time will tell whether that’s a wise stance!