The transfer news at Celtic has slowed down in recent days with no real sign that any imminent deals are in the offing.

The need for a left-back is obvious but it appears that the club have done the vast majority of their summer and autumn transfer window business already.

However, here at 67 Hail Hail we do like to keep tabs on players that have the potential to make a move to Celtic.

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Where better to cast our eye than the Scottish Premiership?

Some of our biggest and best players in Neil Lennon’s squad have made the switch from domestic rivals.

Scott Brown, Ryan Christie and Greg Taylor all made their name in the Scottish top-flight prior to moving to the Bhoys.

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So what players are out there that could one day turn out for the champions?

We made a YouTube video looking at three young division stand-outs if you like that kind of thing, otherwise keep reading as we take you through our picks.

Ryan Porteous

Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous really caught the eye of Celtic supporters after Sunday’s match against Rangers at Easter Road.

He got into the head of Ibroc captain James Tavernier and manager Steven Gerrard, helping his side to a 2-2 draw.

Bhoys fans even took to social media to urge the club to sign him.

He’s been ever-present in Jack Ross’ team so far this season, helping Hibs to four clean sheets in eight matches. Like Celtic, Porteous’ defence have only conceded five goals.

Still just 21, he’s also progressing well on the international stage with the Scotland U21 side, having already had a senior call-up too.

 

He plays tough, has personality and looks destined for bigger things. Don’t be surprised to see him linked with the Bhoys next year and into the future.

The fact he isn’t liked at Ibrox is just a bonus.

Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lewis Ferguson

Next on our list may be a surprise to some. Lewis Ferguson is the nephew of former Rangers captain Barry and son of former Ibrox star Derek after all.

However, it’s 2020, does that really matter? Not to me, and apparently not to the player either.

His uncle has gone on the record saying he reckons the Aberdeen prospect wouldn’t be against a Celtic switch purely because he has a Rangers background.

A Scotland U21 teammate of Porteous, Ferguson has shown excellent consistency at Pittodrie over the last couple of seasons, making 90 appearances in total already.

Last term he created nine assists from midfield, also scoring three goals. This season he’s started brightly, already equalling last year’s goal tally eight games in.

He likes a midfield battle and has the legs to effectively drive forward and link up with more attacking teammates.

As Celtic consider a succession plan in midfield beyond Scott Brown, Ferguson is worth a look.

Aberdeen star Lewis Ferguson

Aberdeen star Lewis Ferguson / (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Kevin Nisbet

Celtic have already been linked with Lawrence Shankland in the past but the young Scottish striker catching our eye at the moment is Hibs forward Kevin Nisbet.

He needs a full season in the Scottish Premiership to be fully assessed but the 23-year-old’s goalscoring record is exceptional and it’s form that has carried into this season.

Nisbet netted 57 goals in 78 appearances for Raith Rovers and Dunfermline in the Scottish lower leagues.

This term he has already got four goals and two assists to his name in six appearances for Hibs.

Following a career path not too dissimilar to Celtic star Leigh Griffiths, he’s definitely worth tracking over the next 12 months.

Possessing intelligent attacking thought and quickness on the ball, he’s causing defences all sorts of problems, none more so than Rangers’ at the weekend.

We should get an opportunity to see him up close when Jack Ross’ side visit Celtic Park on Sunday. If he does damage, his reputation will only increase.

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