Celtic transfer target Alex Collado will decide on his playing future in the coming days, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo has reported.

Collado has been nursing an injury that has kept him out of action for two months but is now ready to make up his mind on which club he’ll move to on loan this season.

Journalist Stephen McGowan reported in the Scottish Daily Mail last week (23/09 print edition, back page) that Nick Hammond was an admirer of the Barcelona talent.

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McGowan reckons Celtic have joined a group of European clubs interested in signing the winger on a season-long loan before the transfer deadline.

Alex Collado made his Barcelona debut last season

Celtic target Alex Collado / (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old had an impressive 2019/20 season with Barcelona’s B side, scoring five goals and assisting five more.

That earned him a first-team call-up against Valencia in January, making a short cameo from the bench.

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He was then a regular on the Barca bench before his metatarsal injury this summer.

 

You don’t make Barcelona matchday squads if you’re not of high quality already.

His inclusion at senior level would indicate he has enough about him to make an impact in the Scottish Premiership.

James Forrest’s recent injury has brought our depth issues on the flanks to the fore again.

Barcelona youngster Alex Collado

Celtic target Alex Collado / (Photo by Eric Alonso/MB Media/Getty Images)

We have Jeremie Frimpong available, but beyond the electric teenager, there are not many natural attacking options available to Neil Lennon.

Collado, who can play on both wings and in midfield, ticks plenty of boxes.

It’ll be interesting to see what his decision is this week.

In other news, Neil Lennon is trying to accelerate Leigh Griffiths’ Celtic comeback.

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