According to journalist Albert Roge, the Old Firm outfit are believed to have made a move to add the 23-year-old to their ranks this summer, with the player seemingly set to leave the Camp Nou in the coming weeks on what will likely be a loan deal.
Writing on Twitter about that interest in the La Masia product, the transfer insider noted: “Olympiakos, Celtic Glasgow and two LaLiga teams, the first to move for Álex Collado. The youth squad would like to play European competition although LaLiga also attracts him, after his good performance at Granada.”
The 5 foot 10 gem – who currently has just a year remaining on his current deal in Catalonia – had previously been a target for the Hoops back in the summer of 2020, albeit with then-boss Neil Lennon ultimately not getting a deal over the line.
That missed opportunity epitomises the at times head-scratching recruitment that occurred under Lennon – especially during his second spell in charge – with that window two years ago, in particular, resulting in a number of failed additions.
After not pressing on with a move for Collado, the Northern Irishman oversaw the arrivals of the likes of Albian Ajeti, Diego Laxalt, Shane Duffy and Vasilis Barkas, with current David Turnbull the only notable success story of that bunch.
Under the new regime, however, title-winning boss Ange Postecoglou has already proven himself particularly astute in the market thus far, with it hard to think of an acquisition that has failed to make an impact over the last 12 months or so.
The 56-year-old can seemingly pull off another masterstroke by doing what his predecessor could not and get Collado through the door, with the £15k-per-week gem clearly a player that would add quality to the current crop of talent.
A versatile forward player who can slot in on either flank or in an attacking midfield role, the £3.6m-rated sensation may have struggled to earn a regular role for the La Liga giants – making just two senior appearances thus far – although blossomed out on loan at Granada last term.
The left-footed ace scored twice and registered one assist in just 17 league games for the Spanish side after joining in January, while also showcasing his defensive strength after notably recording 1.6 tackles per game – a figure better than his potential competitors at Parkhead in Jota (1.3), Liel Abada (0.4) and James Forrest (0.2) from the 2021/22 campaign.
His relentless, defence work ethic is also further illustrated by the fact that he remarkably ranks in the top 1% for pressures, tackles, interceptions and blocks among those in his position across Europe’s top five leagues.
With such a stunning record having come in a more competitive league than the Scottish Premiership, the former Spain U19 international should be able to enjoy an even greater impact were he to make the switch to Glasgow.
While it may sting that the club could have signed the highly-rated “leader”– as dubbed by talent scout Jacek Kulig – two years ago, they can forget all about that failure by ensuring they get the deal done this time around.