Postecoglou has an thrilling plan if Celtic miss out on £3.5 million switch

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Ange Postecoglou will flip his consideration to different midfield targets if Riley McGree chooses Middlesbrough over Scottish Premiership challengers Celtic, as reported by the Scottish Sun. 

It’s a twist that might have repercussions on either side of the Old Firm divide. 

As lately as Monday, it appeared that Celtic had all-but tied up a deal to deliver Charlotte FC midfielder McGree to Parkhead.

The £3 million playmaker, who earned handed Australia debut beneath none apart from Postecoglou himself again in 2017, was set to turn out to be the membership’s fifth January signing after Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi, Daizen Maeda and Johnny Kenny. 

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But, in a twist straight out of the Shyamalan playbook, Middlesbrough seem to have snatched McGree from beneath Celtic’s nostril.

Middlesbrough have submitted a bid within the area of £3.5 million, some £500,000 greater than Celtic’s supply (90Min).

This, one presumes, would additionally see a promotion-chasing Boro aspect again away from a deal that may see Chris Wilder reunite with Rangers’ John Lundstram on the Riverside.

As we mentioned, this can be a twist with repercussions on each the inexperienced and the blue aspect of Glasgow. 

Will Celtic remorse lacking out on Riley McGree?

But the place do Celtic go from right here?

The Hoops have been monitoring McGree for 5 years, ever since he was an up-and-coming teenager making a reputation for himself Down Under at Adelaide United.  

Postecoglou might be disillusioned to overlook out, having witnessed first-hand simply what a expertise McGree – a 2018 Puskas Award nominee – might be on his day.

The Socceroo star has impressed on mortgage at Birmingham City within the first half of this season too. 

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According to The Sun, nevertheless, Postecoglou’s method to lacking out on McGree is to get again on the horse and take a look at once more.

McGree was simply certainly one of a lot of his midfield targets. And consideration will now flip to different choices. 

Perhaps Celtic will return in for Danny Mandroiu, the Shamrock Rovers star and League of Ireland winner. The versatile Albert Gudmundsson is one other on Celtic’s radar. 

And he might be snapped up on a pre-contract settlement along with his AZ Alkmaar deal expiring in July. 

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