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04th Jun 2022

Celtic line up seven signings for Champions League group stages

Luke Jennings

Celtic signings Champions League

Celtic will be busy in the summer transfer window.

Ange Postecoglou will be eager to improve his Celtic squad after the Hoops won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup last season.

Celtic will be hopeful of a strong European campaign next season as they confirmed their place in the Champions League group stages by winning the Scottish league title.

Here are seven signings being lined up by Celtic this summer transfer window.

Celtic signings Champions League

Jota – £6,500,000.

Jota has been impressive since moving to Celtic on loan from Benfica last summer. The Portuguese winger has 13 goals and 14 assists in all competitions for the Bhoys last season.

Celtic are reportedly on the verge of signing Jota, according to the Daily Record. However, the 23-year-old has many suitors chasing his signature.

Following Celtic’s Scottish Premiership title win, Champions League group stage football is guaranteed at Celtic park for next season.

The prospect of playing in Europe’s most elite competition could entice Jota to sign permanently for Postecoglou’s side.

Celtic signings Champions League

Cameron Carter-Vickers – £6,000,000.

Cameron Carter-Vickers has been impressive at Celtic during his loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur last season.

The United States international is reportedly available for £6m in the summer, with Celtic among several Premier League clubs circling.

Carter-Vickers was a mainstay at the heart of Celtic’s defence last season alongside Carl Starfelt, as he made 46 appearances in all competitions.

The USA have called up the 24-year-old for the first time in three years as the defender aims to make their Qatar 2022 World Cup squad.

Postecoglou will not want to lose Carter-Vickers’ presence in defence for next season, as he’ll be essential if they are to progress in the Champions League.

Celtic signings Champions League

Ko Itakura – £5,500,000.

Ko Itakura is reportedly a target for Celtic, after his impressive season on loan at Schalke from Manchester City where he won the Bundesliga 2.

The Japanese international was a mainstay in Schalke’s defense last season, making 31 league appearances as they won Germany’s second tier.

Schalke, despite their confirmed place in Bundesliga for next season, are unable to pay the defender’s £5,5m option to buy. They have three obligations to buy already in place with other players.

Itakura would, most likely, be a replacement for the outgoing Christopher Jullien who has become a squad player since his return from injury.

Postecoglou wants a ball-playing centre-half and Itakura fits the profile ahead of their Champions League campaign.

Celtic signings Champions League

Mohanad Jeahze – £2,000,000.

Mohanad Jeahze is a target for Celtic at left-back. The Hoops are reportedly close to signing the Hammarby defender, with a £2m fee being discussed.

Jeahze fits the profile of an attacking, energetic full-back, that would suit Postecoglou’s style of play.

The Iraqi international was born in Sweden but declared for the nation of his parent’s origin. Lech Poznan expressed an interest in Jeahze during the January transfer window so the club are expected to lose him this summer.

Hammarby’s season is only seven games in, with the club in 2nd place behind AIK Stockholm. Jeahze has kept four clean sheets in defence so far this season.

Celtic signings Champions League

Daizen Maeda – £1,600,000.

Daizen Maeda had a compulsory purchase of £1.6m written into his Celtic contract after his six-month loan concluded, according to reports.

The Japanese international was a success at Celtic Park last season. Maeda made 22 appearances, scored eight goals, and provided five assists.

Maeda has predominantly played off the left-wing for the Hoops and will sign a four-year deal when the summer transfer window opens.

The 24-year-old is a high-energy forward, and extremely quick. As Maeda has only been in Glasgow since January, a full pre-season will do him the world of good before Celtic’s Champions League campaign.

Celtic signings Champions League

Christopher Scott – free transfer.

Christopher Scott is an exciting prospect, who is on Celtic’s radar following his contract concluding at Bayern Munich in the summer.

Last season, Scott made 23 appearances for Bayern Munich’s second team in the fourth tier of German football, he scored seven goals and provided six assists.

The German underage international is seen as a like-for-like replacement for Rogic, who is not renewing his contract at Celtic Park after a decade at the club.

Scott is a fantastic option for Postecoglou, at only 19 years of age. There is little risk attached to signing Scott as the Hoops won’t have to pay a transfer fee for the free agent.

Celtic signings Champions League

Benjamin Siegrist – free transfer.

Benjamin Siegrist has been released by Dundee United after refusing a new contract, the 30-year-old has attracted the interest of both Glasgow clubs as well as Manchester United.

The Swiss native has kept nine clean sheets in 34 appearances in the Scottish Premiership last season.

Despite Joe Hart’s cemented position in nets for the Hoops. The future of backup goalkeepers Scott Bain and Vasilis Barkas remains uncertain.

Siegrist’s impressive performances against Celtic last season could tempt Postecoglou to revisit the idea of signing the former Dundee United shot-stopper.

Celtic signings Champions League

Celtic 2022/23 squad.

Overall, if Celtic sign the seven players listed, they will have a stronger squad next season heading into the Champions League group stages for the first time since 2018.

Postecoglou wanted to have an improved squad to overcome Europa League finalists Rangers domestically and also compete on the European front.

Celtic signings Champions League

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