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Celtic ready to move for World Cup winner if they win on Tuesday - report

By Will Butcher

Celtic could make a move for Manchester United’s veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger if they progress to the Champions League group stages, according to a report.

The 32-year-old has been told he can leave Old Trafford for a nominal fee this summer, believed to be around £2million, and manager Brendan Rodgers is thought to step up his interest if his team win their Champions League play-off on Tuesday night.

Celtic go in the second leg against Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva with a 5-2 advantage from the first leg at Parkhead.

The Mirror claims that the midfielder could move to the Scottish Champions if they’re successful in Tuesday night’s second leg, as they’re likely to pocket a cash bonus if they qualify.

The midfielder, who has 120 caps for his national side, has been training with United’s reserve side as manager Jose Mourinho attempts to offload him.

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United are looking to get Schweinsteiger’s £190,000-a-week deal off their wage bill this summer, and have reduced his asking price in a desperate attempt to sell the World Cup winner before deadline day.

Schweinsteiger made just 22 starts in all competitions last term, following his £6.5million move to red half of Manchester.

The midfielder does bring a wealth of experience with him, after making a total of 500 performances in both league and cup encounters. The former winger still has two years remaining on his contract.

Celtic manager Rodgers has made five signings in Moussa Dembele, Kolo Toure, Kristoffer Ajer, Scott Sinclair and Dorus de Vries.

In other Celtic transfer news, this former Hoops defender has been sold by Mourinho’s side.