Celtic are interested in making a move for exciting Israeli youngster Oscar Gloukh in the January transfer window, according to a new report.
The Lowdown: Gloukh an exciting youngster
At just 18 years of age, Gloukh is already making waves in his blossoming career, winning two caps for Israel’s under-21s despite his tender years and excelling in his country’s surprise run to the European Under-19 Championship final over the summer.
The attacking midfielder has already chipped in with six goals and four assists for Maccabi Tel Aviv at senior level, further highlighting his quality.
The Latest: Celtic eye up Gloukh move
According to The Daily Record, the £8m-valued Israeli is on Ange Postecoglou’s ‘radar’ ahead of a potential January switch to Parkhead.
The Celtic manager is wary of possibly losing key players that month if they have shone at the World Cup in November, so signing Gloukh could help to atone for anyone leaving.
The Verdict: One for the future
Given his age, Gloukh would certainly be viewed as a long-term prospect for Celtic rather than an immediate regular starter, which suggests that Postecoglou is keen on building for the future.
That being said, he is already playing at a high level and more than holding his own – former Israel international Gil Vermouth has described him as a ‘special’ talent – so there is no reason why the 18-year-old couldn’t enjoy a healthy number of minutes from the off if he comes to Parkhead.
Will Postecoglou sign a new deal?
The hope is that none of Celtic’s stalwarts leave in January, of course, although the addition of Gloukh would make Postecoglou’s squad depth even stronger for the second half of a busy season.
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