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Celtic could land Tom Rogic heir in Afsha

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has already moved swiftly to strengthen his squad ahead of the January transfer window with the signings of Yuki Kobayashi and Alistair Johnston, although the title-winning coach could well be set for further market moves in the near future.

Reports back in October claimed that the Parkhead giants had set aside ‘significant‘ funds in order to secure a quality central midfield recruit, having previously strengthened in that position earlier this year with the arrival of Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate.

A potential solution in that quest for a new addition could well be that of long-term target, Afsha – whose full name is Mohamed Magdy – with Football Scotland’s Mark Hendry only recently revealing that the Old Firm had made “contact” regarding a move for the Egyptian ace.

The Al Ahly midfielder – who is reportedly valued at a fee of just over £4m – was also said to previously be a target for the Hoops back in the summer of 2021, with potentially now the time to finally turn that interest into a concrete approach.

The 5 foot 6 playmaker has notably been lauded as the “best player in Egypt” by former boss Ante Cacic in the past, with the diminutive maestro having registered 61 goal involvements in 146 games for his current side to date.

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That tally includes a haul of ten goals and five assists in all competitions during the 2021/21 campaign, while the 20-cap genius has also started the new season in fine fashion with two assists in just four league games.

Also a man for the big occasion, Afsha has also twice been named Man of the Match in the AFC Champions League final – doing so in 2020 and 2021 – having seemingly thrived when it matters most for the Cairo outfit.

Such pedigree should well see the Giza-born sensation able to comfortably fill the creative void in Postecoglou’s side that was left by Tom Rogic, with the Australian maestro having moved on from Glasgow at the end of last season.

The 29-year-old – who had signed for the Bhoys back in 2013 for a fee of just £400k – was a truly influential presence in his lengthy stint at Paradise, racking up 46 goals and 49 assists in 272 games in all competitions and winning a plethora of major honours.

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The 53-cap magician – dubbed “a wonderful player” by former Pyramids FC head coach Ante Cacic was particularly integral during last season’s title triumph, having provided 16 goal contributions in all competitions from his playmaking berth, with that impact still seemingly needing to be filled.

Although compatriot Aaron Mooy was brought in over the summer, the 32-year-old is arguably more of a deep-lying option than a player that can wreak havoc in the final third, with the World Cup star registering just three assists for the Scottish champions this season.

As such, bringing in an asset such Afsha to act as that creative link between the midfield and the forward line could well be what is needed to truly find an heir to Rogic.