Ange Postecoglou 'excited' by Riley McGree as Celtic in line to repeat Australia show of faith
Postecoglou managed the talented McGree for Australia and gave him his international breakthrough. The Charlotte FC ace has experience of British football, having spent the last 18 months on loan at Birmingham City.
Middlesbrough have aimed at a cheeky dig at Celtic after confirming the signing of Riley McGree. © Celtic signing target Riley Mcgree, pictured during his Birmingham City loan spell, has signed for M...
The Australian international was a target for Ange Postecoglou's side but after opening talks with the midfielder they were gazumped by the English Championship outfit.
Postecoglou confirmed Celtic had made an approach, stating: “With Riley McGree there weren’t a lot of discussions. There was a bit of interest but when it’s clear to me that they don’t want to come to us, it’s fine. We don’t progress it from there."
Jota on Celtic permanent transfer brink as Benfica talks ramp up amid Parkhead signing spree
The Portuguese star has been a instant success at Celtic Park following his summer loan arrival. Parkhead manager Ange Postecoglou has made a strong start to this month’s transfer window and now two more key deals could soon be secured.
The 23-year-old has instead signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Middlesbrough who have poked fun at Celtic by posting a picture of their new arrival on Twitter wearing the club's dark green away kit, along with the message: "We've gone for the away kit celebration shot this time.
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The seven-times capped international started his career in Australia with Adelaide United, and he also had spells with Club Brugge, Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City.
He spent the first half of this season on loan at Birmingham City from MLS side Charlotte, but he has now moved to Teesside on a permanent transfer.
Boro manager Chris Wilder said: “We’re delighted to bring Riley into the club. He’s another good young player who wants to do well, and he will fit in well with us.
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The Italian side made an approach for the Scotland Under-21 man but the Parkhead side have no intention of selling. Postecoglou has already wrapped up a deal to sign Aussie McGree from Charlotte FC after Celtic were locked in talks with Major League Soccer over a £3million move.
“He did well during his loan at Birmingham, we’ve been looking at him for a while, and when the opportunity came up for us to bring him to the club we jumped at it.”
Head of football Kieran Scott added: “Riley is a player who fits the mould of what we are looking for in that he is young, hungry, full of potential, and has a desire to join Middlesbrough.
“He turned down other opportunities because he wanted to join us here and be a part of what we are striving to build.”
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