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Celtic: Hoops watching Ryan Gauld

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Celtic are watching attacking midfielder Ryan Gauld ahead of a possible cut-price move, according to reporter Manuel Veth.

The Lowdown: Gauld set to be a free agent

Gauld is currently under contract with Portuguese side Farense until the end of the month.

The 25-year-old, who was dubbed the ‘baby Messi’ back in 2013, scored nine goals and registered seven assists in 33 league appearances last season.

His Transfermarkt valuation has rocketed from £360,000 to £4.5m in just over a year, and it seems as if a club could get a real bargain by possibly signing Gauld on a free transfer next month.

The Latest: Celtic’s interest

Transfermarkt and Forbes reporter Veth shared an update on Vancouver Whitecaps’ move for Gauld.

In his social media post, Veth name-checked Celtic, claiming the Hoops are watching the attacking midfielder.

“More on Ryan Gauld to VWFC. Several clubs, including Sporting are interested in Farense’s playmaker. Another club watching him is Celtic. That would explain Vancouver’s substantial bid for the player.”

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The Verdict: A perfect Christie replacement?

Should Celtic manage to pip Vancouver Whitecaps to a deal for Gauld, they could have found a perfect Ryan Christie replacement for nothing.

Christie has been linked with a €5m move to French side Monaco, and statistically, Gauld matched the Celtic man last season, as per WhoScored.

The pair both picked up six man of the match awards last season. Gauld scored five more in the league, whereas Christie registered one more assist.

Gauld edged Christie when it came to average amount of key passes, dribbles completed and fouls earned, so if the Hoops firm up their interest and land Gauld’s services, they could be better off both on the pitch and financially with Christie’s reported exit.

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