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Celtic: Pete O’Rourke drops Ahmed Kendouci update

Pete O’Rourke has dropped an update on Celtic’s reported interest in a deal to bring Ahmed Kendouci to Parkhead in the January transfer window.

What’s the talk?

In a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT, the journalist stated his belief that, after missing out on the signing of FC Charlotte central midfielder Riley McGree to Middlesbrough, Ange Postecoglou could well firm up his reported interest in the ES Setif playmaker with an offer during the closing stages of the current transfer market.

Speaking about Celtic’s interest in the 22-year-old, O’Rourke said: “Celtic probably are looking for a central midfielder after missing out on Riley McGree. That was a player they thought they were going to land until Middlesbrough came in late doors and managed to lure him to the Riverside, so Kendouci could be a target for Celtic.”

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Dream McGree alternative

While McGree would have undoubtedly been an impressive signing for Postecoglou to get over the line this month, considering the sheer amount of potential Kendouci is quite clearly in possession of, the signing of the Algeria U23 international would very much appear to be a dream alternative to the Australian.

Indeed, the self-titled football talent scout, Jacek Kulig, is very much of the belief that the left-footed 22-year-old is a player with a huge future in the game, stating that Kendouci’s strengths are his “pace, passing, vision, technique, ball control, creativity, long shots [and] tackling,” as well as comparing the ES Setif midfielder to Tottenham Hotspur’s Giovani Lo Celso and awarding him an 8/10 regarding his potential.

It is easy to understand why Kulig feels this way, as, over Kendouci’s 34 Ligue Professionnelle 1 appearances last season, the £1.17m-rated playmaker scored ten goals and provided ten assists, as well as bagging a further goal and two assists over eight outings in the CAF Confederation Cup – taking his haul for the 2020/21 campaign to 11 goals and 12 assists.

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As such, considering the fact that Celtic did indeed miss out on McGree, in addition to Callum McGregor picking up an injury in the Scottish Cup win against Alloa Athletic on Saturday, Postecoglou could well be tempted to once again dip his toe in the transfer market prior to its closure at the end of the month – with the “complete” Kendouci looking as if he would make an extremely impressive addition to the Bhoys’ current options in the middle of the park.

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