By Alex Stevens
Celtic are eyeing a move for Australian sensation Riley McGree, according to his club’s transfer chief.
Adelaide Olympic technical director Albert Kidd has claimed that he has been told by Celtic scout Tosh McKinlay that the Scottish giants are keeping close tabs on the midfielder, 18.
McGree has been called up into the Australia squad for their World Cup double-header against Iraq and United Arab Emirates later this month after impressing for Adelaide United.
The central midfielder made his first-team debut last August and has made just 12 appearances in the A-League but is earning rave reviews from coaches and pundits, and Celtic are said to be pursing him closely.
Kidd, who is now at rivals Adelaide Olympic as technical director, has revealed Celtic interest in McGree via his former Dundee team mate Tosh McKinlay on Australia’s Triple M radio station the Real Football Show.
“I’m in very close contact with my ex team-mate Tosh McKinlay and we have talked about Riley McGree,” said Kidd, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “They are showing a lot of interest.”
Celtic would have to negotiate a fee for McGree as the youngster is under contract at Adelaide until the end of next year.
The teenager was handed his World Cup call-up partly because of the injury to Celtic’s own Australian midfielder Tom Rogic, who is expected to be out for the season.
In other Celtic transfer news, the club have agreed to sign a proven Premier League performer with vast experience of the English top flight.