Celtic scouts watch Mohammad Abu Fani to make ‘final decision’

According to reports, Celtic scouts were on a scouting mission last night to see reputed target Mohammad Abu Fani one last time before making a decision on the midfielder. The Maccabi Haifa man scored in the scalping of Greek giant Olympiacos, which sealed their place in the third-qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.

Fani has been somewhat at odds with the Haifa heirarchy of late, as he was perturbed by their decision not to grant him a move to Europe before their double-header with the Greek side was over – prompting the fireworks to start with the hot-headed Israeli. Record Sport have reported, via Sport 1, that Celtic scouts were in attendance last night as Mohammad came off of thr bench to strike a killer blow against Haifa’s European foes.

cotland’s midfielder Callum McGregor (R) vies with Israel’s midfielder Mohammad Abu Fani (L) during the Euro 2020 playoff semi-final football match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park, Glasgow on October 8, 2020. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images.

Now it says that Parkhead representatives were running the rule and making a “final decision” on the robust engine room man. As they return to Glasgow they will have to make their minds up as to whether or not they should tell Ange Postecoglou and Michael Nicholson to proceed with a deal. On the market for a supposed £800,000, the Haifa player could be another gem for the Scottish outfit.

We’ve seen in the past the likes of Nir Bitton, Beram Kayal and even Efe Ambrose carve out excellent careers in Scotland, and all were signed for a pittance really in today’s market. Mohammad could be another diamond in the rough if we play our cards right; but we will have to move fast as interest in him is rife from teams all across the continent this summer.

Considered quite a volatile character and eager for the challenge in midfield, he could be just what we’re looking for in terms of adding that steel in the central area of the pitch. We’ve already singed Aaron Mooy but he may take some time to get up to speed and he could also be a replacement for the now departed Tom Rogic who gave us wonderful memories from his time in a Celtic jersey.

Could we be about to pull the trigger on Mohammad Abu Fani for our highly anticipated defensive midfield position?

It’s unfolding as we speak.

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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