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Report claims that Celtic are tracking World Cup defender

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Celtic are reported to be showing interest in signing Alistair Johnston.

Despite the Scottish sounding name the defender is a Canadian internationalist, starting today’s 1-0 defeat from Belgium at the World Cup Finals in Qatar.

Johnston seems to tick a few boxes but the story seems to hinge on Josip Juranovic leaving Celtic in January.

Tony Ralston has been a very able deputy this season but if Juranovic leaves in January it is very likely that Ange Postecoglou will already have signed up a replacement to compete with Ralston at right-back.

The Sun reports:

CELTIC are weighing up a transfer bid for a member of the Canadian World Cup squad, SunSport understands.

Right sided defender Alistair Johnston Рwho made his debut at the global showpiece in Qatar against Belgium tonight Рjoined MLS side CF Montreal for £800,000 last December.

Johnston is halfway through a two year contract with Montreal who will be hoping that his appearances in Qatar generates interest from European clubs.

Canadian players are something of a rarity in Scottish football although David Wotherspoon and Scott Arfield have become Canadian internationals after coming through the ranks in Scotland.

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