Celtic are reported to have had a bid for Mehdi Ghaedi turned down by UAE side Shabab Al Ahli.
While concentrating transfer activity in the J-League so far this window Ange Postecoglou has also mentioned other markets such as Iran and Korea when quizzed on January signings.
Ghaedi is an Iranian international striker which seems to be an area that Celtic are well covered for with Daizen Maeda signed up and Johnny Kenny further down the line.
With Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis signed during the summer it seems more likely that further signings won’t be in the striking positions.
Shabab Al Ahli have turned down an official bid from #Celtic for Mehdi Ghayedi. UAE side don’t want to sell the Iranian striker in January, however, Celtic are determined to sign the young talent, so they are planning to offer a new bid for the 23-year-old. pic.twitter.com/uMobdxV5A4
— Hatam Shiralizadeh (@hatam_daddy1980) January 10, 2022
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On December 7, the Iranian website Tasnim News Agency reported:
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Celtic Glasgow football club has sent scouts to watch three Iranian players in Iran and the UAE leagues.
Iranian wonderkid Mehdi Ghaedi, Persepolis forward Mehdi Abdi and Gol Gohar winger Armin Sohrabian are the players who have caught Ange Postecoglou’s eye.
Celtic currently sits second in the Scottish Premiership standings, four points behind leader Rangers.
Mehdi Ghaedi (Shabab Al-Ahli)
Little in stature at 5ft 5in, but big on talent, the 22-year-old wonderkid already has eight Iranian caps and topped the charts for assists last season before leaving Esteghlal with the league’s young player of the year award and moving to UAE this summer. A left-sided attacker, Celtic already has Jota but with the Portuguese still just a loan deal and injured until at least January, Ghaedi could be a future option.
On December 5 the Daily Record reported Postecoglou saying:
If you look at all the big leagues around the world, you’ll see Asian players. Not just from Japan but from Korea, from Australia, from Iran.
There are some very good footballers on that side of the world but if people don’t want to look there, I’m happy to be the only one.
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