Celtic are currently plotting their potential moves in the January transfer window, with one name that has been mentioned of late that of Maccabi Tel Aviv starlet, Oscar Gloukh, with the teenager having caught the eye for both club and country in 2022.
Reports back in September claimed that the 18-year-old – who has also been linked with a move to Rangers in the recent past – is on the list of possible targets for the Old Firm outfit in the New Year, with the youngster potentially set to command a fee of around £8m were he to make the switch.
The attacking midfielder has caught the attention as a result of his sparkling form in recent months, with the “amazing talent” – as described by compatriot and ex-Hoops man Nir Bitton – having notably scored seven goals and registered five assists in just 26 senior outings for his club to date.
That stunning form has been replicated on the international stage, with the exciting playmaker having recorded five goal contributions in just five games for Israel at the U19 European Championship in the summer, including a goal in the eventual showpiece defeat to England.
That form was unsurprisingly lauded by fans and pundit alike, with ESPN writing of his talents:
‘Gloukh was already on the radar of many scouts, having impressed at club level and stood out in the qualifying rounds of the Euros, but few expected that the Israeli would make such an impact.
‘A mature, intelligent and technically brilliant attacking midfielder — part No. 8, part No. 10, or creative winger — he has won many admirers with his performances and talk of a €10m move this summer is gathering pace.
‘Hard to dispossess when running at opponents, Gloukh is a brilliant dribbler, who always seems to pick up the ball in the most favourable positions and is able to slide teammates through with perfectly weighted passes.’
Since then, the emerging gem has gone one better and begun to shine for his country at senior level despite his youth, notably scoring a fine, solo goal on what was just his second appearance for his nation in the defeat to Cyprus on Sunday.
Such a talent could well prove to be the missing piece of the jigsaw as far as those at Parkhead are concerned, with Postecoglou able to form what would be a truly deadly attacking trio including Gloukh – who can feature on the flanks or in a more creative berth – alongside the regular pairing of Kyogo Furuhashi and Jota.
That duo have once again been truly key figures for the champions so far this term, having registered 25 goal contributions in all competitions, proving somewhat indispensable since their arrivals last summer.
The third attacking berth alongside them has yet to be nailed down of late, with one man who has staked his claim being that of Sead Haksabanovic, with the summing signing having four goals and assists to his name so far this term, including three goals across his last three league games.
That record, however, is no match for that of Gloukh, with the 5-foot-7 machine boasting a haul of nine-goal involvements from his 16 club appearances this season, proving just why he could well be the man to provide increased firepower to the Bhoys’ attack.
An attacking unit of the Israeli, as well as Jota and Kyogo would certainly be a truly mouthwatering one, with both creating and scoring goals likely to be no problem with that forward line on the pitch.