Report: Celtic receive positive scouting reports on strong competition for Greg Taylor

By John McGinley

May 22, 2022

Celtic are weighing up making a move for Argentinian U23 international Francisco Ortega, The Scottish Daily Mail has reported this weekend.

The Bhoys are actively in the market for a left-back this summer, looking for someone who can compete with Greg Taylor for a starting spot in Ange Postecoglou’s starting eleven.

Links to Mohanad Jeahze have persisted for a number of weeks, but it seems Celtic are scouting markets much further afield than Hammarby.

Journalist Stephen McGowan says in The Mail that Celtic have received positive scouting reports on both Ortega and Jeahze, with the club now considering their next steps.

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Why are Celtic keen on Francisco Ortega?

Ortega is a continental level talent in South America, becoming a regular for Velez Sarsfield in his homeland, both in league action and in the Copa Libertadores – their equivalent of the UEFA Champions League.

Still just 23, he’s also represented Argentina at U20 and U23 level, including in last year’s Tokyo Olympics and at an U20 World Cup.

Taylor has had a fine season in Celtic colours but there’s a real lack of depth beyond the Scotland international, with only Liam Scales really available.

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Bringing in talent like Ortega would be an exciting step considering he’s already picking up plenty of experience in a competitive league.

Jeahze has also caught the eye of plenty of Celtic supporters already with an impressive highlight reel of strong attacking play on the left flank.

This position looks like a real priority for the manager and it would be no surprise if our first signing of the summer was a left-back.

In other news, Video: Mohanad Jeahze’s class Hammarby assist that will likely impress Celtic boss.