Celtic are believed to already be turning their attention towards the January market, despite manager Ange Postecoglou having only just secured nine major deals in what was an extensive summer of recruitment.
Recent reports have suggested that the Parkhead outfit have identified highly-rated 18-year-old, Oscar Gloukh as a potential target in the winter window, with the Scottish champions anticipating potential departures should their key men impress at the upcoming World Cup.
The likes of Reo Hatate and Matt O’Riley could be in action for Japan and Denmark, respectively in Qatar – albeit with the latter man yet to earn a senior call-up – with a string of strong performances likely to only further catch the attention of potential suitors.
Turning to the Maccabi Tel Aviv starlet could well see Postecoglou and co land yet another relatively unknown gem, with the versatile midfielder likely to cost in the region of £8m – albeit with his current deal set to expire in 2024.
Although his current side will likely be reticent to part ways with such an exciting talent, Maccabi owner Mitchell Goldhar has hinted at a potential exit in the near future, only recently stating: “Gloukh is one of the best players who grew up here in our academy. He has abilities that remind us of the greatest of them all. He will continue with us a little longer. Maybe in January or at most in the summer he will progress.”
Landing the teenager would also come with the added bonus of frustrating the Hoops’ Old Firm foes Rangers, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side having been heavily linked with a move for the emerging prospect throughout the summer.
The Israel U21 international has warranted such interest as a result of his sparkling form in his homeland of late, despite having only made his senior debut back in March, scoring six goals and laying on four assists in just 19 games since then.
The eye-catching “wonderkid” – as dubbed by Gers podcaster Andy Barnett – has been in particularly impressive form in the early weeks of the current campaign, having scored three goals and laid on four assists in just five league games.
Should Gloukh be snapped up by the Glasgow side in the near future, the hope will be that he can emulate the impact of compatriot Liel Abada at Celtic Park, with the latter man having sparkled since his £3.5m arrival from Maccabi Petah Tikva last year.
The 20-year-old has scored 21 goals and laid on 12 assists in just 61 games across all fronts for the Scottish Premiership side to date, having enjoyed a particularly profitable debut campaign last time out in which he provided 26 goal contributions.
That strong attacking output has continued in the current campaign as the £6.75m-rated ace has scored six goals in just seven league games thus far, including a hat-trick in the 9-0 thrashing of Dundee United last month.
While the forward had arrived in Scotland with more experience than his fellow countryman will have – making 76 appearances for his former club – he has shown that it can be a smooth transition to life at Parkhead from Israel.
There will no doubt be hefty interest in Gloukh’s signature, yet the indication is that he could well mirror Abada in becoming a future Hoops star.