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Celtic: Ardon Jashari could be Callum McGregor’s heir

The January transfer window is well underway and Glasgow giants Celtic may look to utilise the market to strengthen their chances of winning the Premiership this season.

Ange Postecoglou has already added Alistair Johnston, Yuki Kobayashi, and Tomoki Iwata to the side this month but still has around three weeks left to make further additions.

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One gem who could be on his way to Scotland is FC Luzern star Ardon Jashari, who is reported to be of interest to the Hoops this month.

Journalist Pete O’Rourke recently told GIVEMESPORT that the Hoops are “monitoring” the midfielder and described him as a player with “big potential”.

He is reportedly valued at £5m by his current club and is attracting interest from a number of teams, which means that the Scottish giants could face stiff competition for his signature.

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Postecoglou must now push for the club to complete a deal for Jashari in the coming weeks as the 20-year-old could be the heir to Callum McGregor’s throne at Celtic Park.

The Scotland international will be 30 at the end of the season and the Hoops boss may be starting to think about a long-term succession plan for that position in the starting XI.

At the age of 20, Jashari could come in as a player with the potential to develop into a key player in the future, rather than coming in with the expectation that he will hit the ground running and immediately break into the side.

McGregor, who has played 395 matches in all competitions for Celtic, has started 14 matches in the Premiership this season and averaged 2.4 tackles and interceptions and 1.9 key passes per match, which shows that he is a box-to-box talent who can make an impact in and out of possession.

He is the glue in Postecoglou’s midfield as he strings attacks together and wins the ball back for the side on a regular basis. Jashari could arrive in Glasgow and grow into this role based on his form for Luzern this season.

The left-footed gem, who was once described as an “orchestrator” by talent scout Jacek Kulig, has averaged 1.9 tackles and interceptions and 1.0 key passes per match in the Swiss top-flight.

These are promising returns for a player who is only in his second full season at that level and suggests that he could reach McGregor’s levels, in terms of his defensive contribution and his creativity in possession, if he can develop and take his game to the next level with more experience under his belt.

Therefore, he could be the heir to the Celtic captain if he arrives in Scotland this month and that is why he could be an excellent long-term addition to the squad.