Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan was is hoping to complete a swoop for a fourth Celtic player as Stephen McManus closed in on a move to Teesside.
The 27-year-old defender is keen to join Barry Robson, Willo Flood and Chris Killen at the Riverside Stadium following their arrivals earlier this month.
Strachan told the Evening Gazette: "It's well documented that I'm a big fan of Stephen's. I have asked him if he wants to come here and he's desperate to come. Now we have to try to do a deal with Celtic."
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