"Embarrassing", "Afraid of this happening"; MLS supporters react as Celtic close in on fifth January deal

By John McGinley

January 9, 2022

It looks like Celtic are closing on the fifth signing of the January transfer window as Riley McGree is heavily linked with a move to Glasgow.

The Bhoys have already added Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi and Johnny Kenny to the squad so far this month. McGree could be the latest addition later this week.

As we discussed earlier, reports from both sides of the Atlantic indicate that the Bhoys are ready to sign him up for a fee under £3m from Charlotte FC, Major League Soccer’s newest team.

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Remarkably, Charlotte have yet to play a single competitive match. They’re gearing up as an expansion outfit for the 2022 season. McGree may never even pull on their jersey.

That hasn’t gone down well with some Charlotte fans who were looking forward to him showcasing his attacking skills after impressive form in Australia and for Birmingham City.

McGree spent the first half of this season on loan in the English Championship and is apparently enamoured with British football.

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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou knows the 23-year-old well. In fact, he gave McGree a call up to the Australia national team when he was still a teenager with Adelaide United. He didn’t hand the midfielder a cap, but he will have seen the player up close in training.

McGree has gone on to win seven caps with his country and looks ready to find a new footballing home in Glasgow.

With neither Birmingham nor Charlotte fans happy with these reports, Celtic are surely making a pretty shrewd move here?

These fans have taken to social media today to share their thoughts on it all…

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