Talented youngster signs new contract after reported Celtic January interest

By Lewis Laird

October 27, 2022

Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder Oscar Gloukh has signed a new two-year extension at his current club after reported interest arising from Celtic.

The 18-year-old is regarded as a huge talent at the Israeli club after breaking into the first team during the 2021/22 season and scoring three goals in his eight appearances.

Gloukh has further caught the eye of clubs across the continent after becoming a first-team regular in his nation, and kicking the new season off with nine-goal contributions in 13 games.

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Not only is the teenager impressing at club level, but he is also producing for Israel as part of their under-21s squad, which qualified for the 2023 European Championships.

Alongside Celtic’s very own Liel Abada, Gloukh helped Israel defeat Ireland under-21s on penalties last month to join the likes of Germany, England, France and Spain at next summer’s tournament.

Naturally, after becoming a regular for Maccabi Tel Aviv at such a young age, plenty of clubs are likely to be circling the talented youngster, with his contract originally set to expire in December 2023.

Clubs such as Roma, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur were all reportedly keen on Gloukh [Sunday Mirror (10/07, p74)]

And according to reports from the Daily Record, the Israeli wonderkid was also believed to be on Ange Postecoglou and Celtic’s transfer radar.

The Scottish outlet stated that Gloukh was under consideration by the Hoops recruitment team after being watched by scouts as the club began to draw up potential names for the January transfer window.

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Maccabi Tel Aviv look to fend off Gloukh interest by signing new deal.

Although Maccabi had originally slapped an £8 million price tag on the youngster, with his contract coming to an end next December, there was an opportunity for clubs to try and grab a bargain deal.

However, that opportunity has since been put to bed after the 18-year-old signed a new two-year extension until 2025 with the club this afternoon.

So, any move for the player would now cost a club like Celtic big money, with Gloukh’s long-term future tied to his boyhood side.

Some might look at this situation and think it is a good opportunity for Celtic to allow the player to grow before considering a move when he is more developed as a player at 21.

However, if the attacking midfielder continues at this rate of development, he is almost definitely going to be out with the Hoops price range.

If reports are to be believed, although Gloukh might have been high on the Bhoys’ recruitment list for, you can almost guarantee that Ange Postecoglou and his staff will have more options up their sleeve.

It should be interesting to see how the youngster grows alongside another former Celtic player, Nir Bitton, at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Himself and Abada appear to be the Israeli national teams’ next big hopes. And who knows, maybe one day we will also be seeing them lining up alongside one another at Parkhead.

But I wouldn’t be holding my breath for that to happen in the next few windows, following on from the midfielder’s latest contract development.

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