Door still open for Celtic to secure scouted player as club deny agreement with Newcastle

By Lewis Laird

April 22, 2022

As we approach the end of the season and the summer transfer window, we always begin to see transfer rumours involving Celtic crop up.

That has been no different this year, with the Bhoys already being linked to potential targets that Ange Postecoglou might look to introduce to his group next campaign.

This week, Celtic’s apparent interest in Galway United prospect Alex Murphy is again coming to the fore.

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The defender broke through into the Galway side at just 16-years old and went on to sign a professional contract with the club in January this year.

His impressive displays at such a young age brought the attention of several clubs across the UK, including Celtic.

Reports even suggested that the Bhoys had sent Willie McStay to the Turner’s Cross Stadium to way Murphy in action. [Irish Examiner]

Despite watching the 17-year old’s progress with Galway closely, it looked like Celtic had been beaten to his signature by English Premier League side Newcastle United.

However, the latest report suggests that Celtic have a chance of pipping the Magpies to sign Murphy.

Irish outfit Galway United have confirmed that nothing has been agreed between the clubs, and any deal to sign the young defender cannot be completed until the 25th of June when Murphy turns 18. [Connacht Tribune]

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Door remains open for Celtic in their pursuit of Murphy

With only a small fee being required for his transfer, the door remains open for Celtic to attempt to agree on a deal. It will likely come down to the player despite Newcastle’s riches.

That could be boosted by having several Irish youngsters already on the books at the club, with both Johnny Kenny and highly-rated defender Bosun Lawal making progress.

So, it remains to be seen where this deal will go. But, it certainly doesn’t sound like the done deal it was from previous reports in the last few weeks.

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