Report: Riley McGree to Celtic fee details; add-ons included

By David Walton

January 9, 2022

If Celtic are to land Riley McGree it will cost them just under £3m up fromt, according to Athletic journalist Sam Stejskal.

The Daily Mail this morning linked the Hoops with a move for the Australian international. With Ange Postecoglou a known admirer of the player, the newspaper stated that Celtic are increasingly likely to conclude a deal for the player in the coming days.

Before Celtic’s interest was reported, the Sun believed that Middlesbrough were in pole position to sign the Aussie. In that report, they claimed that the player was worth £2m to MLS club Charlotte FC. However, the Athletic’s American football reporter Sam Stejskal has provided the latest:

McGree has yet to play for Charlotte after spending 14 months on loan with Birmingham City in the English Championship.

With his stock clearly on the rise, so too is his valuation it seems. In addition to the just under £3m needed to sign the player, Celtic could splash out a further £1m-£2m in add-ons in the future.

Therefore, if the player manages to achieve his potential at Celtic Park, we could be paying close to £5m in total at most.

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Celtic proving they’re not afraid to splash the cash this January

Interesting that Celtic could be about to do an agreement that could see as much as £5m leaving out coffers overall. Considering the money already splashed out on the likes of Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate, and Yosuke Ideguchi, it’s clear the board are willing to invest in the squad.

That’s massive backing for the manager. So often in the past Celtic fans have been left perplexed at the lack of January action from the club. Just look at last season under Neil Lennon when the only arrival we welcomed was Jonjoe Kenny on loan.

If the Hoops secure a deal for McGree, it would be yet another sign of trust in Postecoglou’s vision. That’s one thing nobody can say about the new regime, that they haven’t been backed. The fans and the board both appear to be all in here.

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As we’ve mentioned already today, it’ll be interesting to see where Postecoglou sees McGree playing. It’ll also be intriguing to see whether he can be an instant starter or whether he’s being secured for back-up to the current starting XI.

It’s a surprise that Ange is about to potentially close a deal on yet another midfielder. Especially considering there are a few other priority positions to solve before the window closes.

Plenty of time for that of course. For now, let’s see if we do indeed get this over the line.

In other news, Chris Sutton identifies the 3 areas Celtic still need to strengthen this month