SIX players that could follow Mubarak Wakaso to Celtic

According to BBC Sport, Rubin Kazan winger Mubarak Wakaso has emerged as a priority target for Celtic.

The Scottish champions want to sign the Ghana international, who featured briefly at Brazil 2014, on a loan deal, and plan to have the transfer completed in time for their Champions League clash with Maribor on Wednesday.

But Ronny Deila is still yet to make his mark on the Celtic squad via the transfer market, and bearing that in mind, it’s unlikely the 24 year-old will be the Bhoys’ final acquisition of the summer.

Thus, being the lovely bunch we are at Football FanCast, here’s a list of SIX players who could soon follow Wakaso to Parkhead before deadline day.




Cameron Jerome
According to the Daily Mail, Celtic have made a £2million bid for Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome:

The 28 year-old isn’t the most dependable goalscorer, having netted just nine times in his last 77 Premier League appearances. But Jerome does possess the knack to pull of the sublime – this goal against Southampton in December 2012 being a classic example:

And the former Cardiff and Birmingham forward impressed on loan to Crystal Palace last season, using his pace and powerful 6 foot 1 frame well to offer the relegation-threatened side a new dimension in attack.

The robust centre-forward would be a good fit for the SPL, but the Daily Mail also speculate that Celtic could be beaten to his signature by Championship side Norwich.


Nick Powell
Another front-man known to have caught Celtic’s transfer attention before is Manchester United youngster Nick Powell.

The highly-rated 20 year-old impressed in the Championship last year during a term-long stay with Wigan, as viewable below, also finding three goals in the Europa League:

Nick Powel

The highlight of his Latics stay was this sensational goal against Bolton:

And the highly-rated Crewe product doesn’t appear to be in Louis van Gaal’s plans, having been left out of the Red Devils’ pre-season tour squad. Capable of playing in central or attacking midfield or as an out-and-out striker, Powell would add not only star quality but furthermore significant depth to the Parkhead roster.

But there will be intense competition for the England U21’s signature this summer. Wigan want to acquire his services permanently and Nottingham Forest are also considering a season-long loan:

Here’s another look at Powell in action:

Ali Al-Habsi

Ali Al Habsi
Another Latic said to be on the Parkhead radar is shot-stopper Ali Al-Habsi, following Fraser Forster’s £10million move to Southampton:

The 32 year-old was once a central figure in the Wigan first team, playing a vital role in their continuous Premier League survival after joining the club in 2010.

But the former Bolton ‘keeper hasn’t seen much game-time since the DW Stadium outfit dropped into the Championship last summer, making just 14 league outings since.

The Latics certainly enjoy quality and depth between the sticks, with Scott Carson as their No.1 and the highly-rated Lee Nicholls his understudy.

No doubt however the 92-cap Oman international is a talented goalkeeper. Here’s a twelve-minute compilation of his best saves for club and country:


May Mahlangu
Recent speculation suggests Celtic are one of several parties interested in the services of IFK Gothenburg star May Mahlangu:

The 25 year-old midfielder only officially joined the Swedish side in March this year after five seasons with Helsingborg, where he won the Allsvenska title and Player of the Year award in 2011.

But his contract was only for a year, and there are now three British clubs – The Bhoys, the Baggies and Brighton – baying for his signature.

The South Africa international is a central midfielder who likes to contribute going forward, having netted 15 times in 128 league appearances throughout his Swedish top flight career.

Here’s a look at Mahlangu in action:

It’s claimed Gothenburg would sell for around £770k or R8.8m, but widespread interest in the midfielder could see that valuation rapidly increase.


Another star of the Scandinavian leagues that’s receiving plenty of transfer attention from Celtic this summer is USA international Mikkel ‘Mix’ Diskerud:

The 23 year-old playmaker failed to feature for Team USA at the World Cup but comes with a strong reputation from his two campaigns spent with Rosenborg, claiming four goals in 43 league appearances and last term helping his current club reach the Norwegian Cup final.

Here’s the highlights from Diskerud’s time with The Troll Kids and former club Staebek:

Rosenborg are more than prepared to sell, having already attempted to offload the midfielder to MLS side Colombus Crew this summer before the deal fell through.

But Celtic will be tempted to wait until the end of the season when Diskerud’s contract expires.

Carles Gil

Carles Gil (2)
According to Football Courier, Celtic are just one of many European clubs to have made ‘tentative enquiries‘ regarding La Liga hotshot Carles Gil.

The 21 year-old attacking midfielder has earned rave reviews during two campaigns on loan to Elche, netting five times in 64 league outings and impressing enough to earn a call-up to the Spain U21s.

As viewable below, Gil is a technically-gifted winger with considerable quality on the ball:

Carles Gil

That’s hardly what the SPL is best known for, but nonetheless the young Spaniard would be an impressive coup for the Bhoys, with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Everton and FC Twente also said to be interested.

Here’s a short clip of Gil in action:

But parent club Valencia seem committed to holding onto the young wide-man this summer, having already rejected a bid from Sevilla.