Record report on Celtic interest in Mohammad Abu Fani contradicted by stablemate

Contrary to the report in today’s Daily Record that Celtic were scouting Mohammad Abu Fani last night in the Champions League qualifier victory win over Olympiacos in Greece and were set to make a final decision on whether to proceed with their reported interest or not, it appears that there is no substance at all to this story.

The key facts as revealed by spotters writer Mark Hendry on the Record’s sister title Football Scotland is that Celtic did NOT scout Mohammad Abu Fani last night and are NOT interested in signing the player in this transfer window.

Mark Hendry reports via Football Scotland: “The link went as far as to claim Hoops scouts had been to watch the Israeli midfielder during yesterday evening’s stunning Maccabi Haifa win over Olympiacos in Greece. Football Scotland has been first and spot on this summer with a number of issues surrounding Ange Postecoglou and his recruitment drive ahead of the new season. And we have now been told by two separate sources that Fani, 24, is NOT being looked at by the Scottish champions.

Mohammad Abu Fani of Maccabi Haifa is challenged by Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Adam Davy – Pool/Getty Images)

“We can also reveal that there were no representatives of the club watching from the stands as Fani scored the fourth and final goal of his side’s impressive Champions League qualifier to knock their opponents out over two legs.”

So file that one under fake news folk. It’s remarkable how many times this has happened this summer when one Reach outlet has a story (eg Celtic been in contact with Liverpool over Ben Davies) only for the sister title to clarify the exact position.

Maybe that’s the tactic to flush out denials from sources at Celtic?

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