Celtic: £2m ace could solve 'position Postecoglou wants to strengthen’

Celtic ‘need to strengthen’ at left-back over the summer transfer window amid links to Hammarby’s Mohanad Jeahze, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Hoops have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old in recent weeks as manager Ange Postecoglou looks to make further additions to his first-team squad.

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According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic are ‘tracking’ Jeahze ahead of a possible £2 million move when the market reopens for business.

The report states that Polish side Lech Poznan have already had a bid rejected for the Swedish-born Iraq international, whose current contract is set to expire in the winter of 2023.

Hammarby are sitting pretty at the top of the Swedish Allsvenskan table at this moment in time and have helped to turn Jeahze into one of the division’s most exciting talents since snapping him up from domestic rivals Mjallby in 2020.

Since his arrival at the Tele1 Arena, the attack-minded full back has registered two goals and 12 assists in 55 appearances across all competitions, earning praise from his teammates.

“He’s class. Really class right through; there is no better left-back in all of Sweden,” said Darijan Bojanic. “He is better than the left-backs in the national team as well. He is the best.”

What has O’Rourke said about Celtic?

O’Rourke believes Postecoglou ‘would ideally like to strengthen’ the left-hand side of his defence ahead of next season after having limited options there this term.

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He told GiveMeSport: “There’s strong links for this Swedish left-back right now, I think it’s a position that Celtic really do need to strengthen in.

“Greg Taylor is the current first-choice left-back, but I think it’s a position that Ange Postecoglou would ideally like to strengthen in.”

What is Celtic’s current left-back situation?

At present, Taylor is the only natural left-back on Celtic’s books after Boli Bolingoli was cast adrift and has reportedly been spotted training on his own in Belgium.

Liam Scales and Josip Juranovic have filled in admirably when called upon on several occasions this season, despite their natural positions being centre-back and right-back, respectively.

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However, Postecoglou will surely want to add some cover and competition for Taylor in the summer as he looks to complete an extensive overhaul of the playing staff he inherited less than 12 months ago.

It remains to be seen if Celtic can snap up Jeahze but left-back appears to be an area of concern for the Glasgow giants.

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