Mohanad Jeahze delivers interesting response to Celtic speculation

By David Walton

May 15, 2022

Hammarby defender Mohanad Jeahze has stated that he has no idea where the Celtic rumours have come from and that he simply wants to get on with his football.

Speculation ramped up last week that the Hoops could be close to sealing a move for the player. The Scottish Sun reported that the Iraq international had agreed to be the club’s first summer signing and that a £2m move was close.

However, that was shot down by Ange Postecoglou who stated in his pre-Motherwell press conference that he wasn’t even aware of the player [Celtic TV].

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And now Jeahze has also confirmed that nothing has been agreed as he’s put all thoughts of a potential move on the backburner for now.

As quoted by Fotboll Direkt, the left-back said: “I am here in Hammarby and I have a contract with the club over the next season as well. I do not know where the rumors come from but it is clear that Celtic is a big club, but it is not something I focus on right now.

“Quite honestly, I have told those I work with that I do not want to know anything about a club being interested until an agreement is written and we are not there now. I thrive very well in Hammarby. There is an international class of supporters and we play good football. I have no stress to leave Hammarby and if I did, it should be for something really good because I want the club to get paid well as well.”

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Mohanad Jeahze doesn’t sound as if he’s off to Celtic in a hurry

Not exactly comments that sound like a player coming to Celtic Park anytime soon. In fact, Jeahze is making it out as if he’s had nothing offered to him as of yet.

It’s becoming clear that Celtic aren’t in fact about to pull the trigger on a move for the Iraq star. Not if you combine both the player and our manager’s comments from last week.

Left-back remains a priority position of course. Not to mention Celtic have reportedly scouted the player ahead of the summer window [Expressen].

MARIBOR, SLOVENIA – 2021/07/29: Martin Milec of Maribor and Mohanad Jeahze of Hammarby are seen in action during the UEFA Europa Conference League Second Qualifying round, Second Leg match between NK Maribor and Hammarby IF at Stadium Ljudski vrt in Maribor. (Final score; NK Maribor 0:1 Hammarby IF). (Photo by Milos Vujinovic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

There is clearly some form of interest there. But whether the deal is as far along as was reported last week? Evidently not. The player is still talking about potentially staying with Hammarby next season too.

It would hardly cost an arm and a leg for Celtic to get this over the line if they want it. With only a couple of million the apparent valuation, it’s hardly bank-breaking for a priority position.

Time will tell of course whether we do indeed get this over the line. It looks like we may be waiting for some time yet.

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