The Lowdown: On the map
Better known as ‘Afsha’, Magdy has endured a gradual rise to prominence, having proved himself at ENPPI and Pyramids FC before his move to Egyptian giants Al-Ahly.
Last season, the midfielder finished the season as his club’s top scorer and leading assists provider. His stellar season for the side saw the 26-year-old bag eight goals and five assists as his side qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup, missing out on the title by seven points.
The Latest: Talks held
Celtic have followed up on that interest according to Joseph, who took to Twitter to share the news.
On the Hoops’ potential winter coup, the journalist followed up on the original update from Football Scotland’s Mark Hendry, tweeting: “As per @mhendry92 Celtic have expressed an interest in Al-Ahly attacking midfielder Mohamed Magdy – more commonly known as Afsha.
“It’s understood the Hoops have held discussions with the Egypt international’s representatives, who are exploring his options.”
The Verdict: Astutely unique
With the Egyptian Premier League just four games into the new season, Afsha has predictably played a key role, registering two assists as Al-Ahly top the table with a perfect record of four wins from four.
In that short amount of time, the 20-cap ace has already created 11 chances in the league and will be looking to follow up on his tally of 52 chances created last season – if he is not snapped up by Celtic in the winter, that is.
It’s a left-field move from Ange Postecoglou’s side but it looks to be an astute one if they can pull it off, signing a relatively unknown creative asset who is approaching his prime footballing years.
With discussions already underway, it seems, Celtic could be making good tracks on a potential third January signing.