Celtic have received Zinedine Ferhat transfer blow

Celtic have been linked with several players recently as they are expected to strengthen in the January transfer window. The club have already brought in Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi, but rumours have suggested that they might be looking to bring in more reinforcements as they hope to put up a Scottish Premiership title challenge in the second half of the campaign. At the moment, they sit 6 points behind the Rangers.

One very interesting name that they have been linked with is Zinedine Ferhat, who currently plays for Ligue 2 side, Nimes.

While he might be in the French second division right now, he has already shown that he has the ability to perform at the top level. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he scored 6 goals and provided 10 assists in 33 Ligue 1 appearances in the 2020/21 campaign.

Celtic are believed to be interested in him but so are other clubs. In fact, Saint-Etienne manager, Pascal Dupraz, has admitted to Ferhat being on the Ligue 1 side’s shortlist. As reported by the Daily Record, he said:

“Ferhat is on the short-list, yes. He is an interesting player who has plenty of skill when he plays to his full potential. We are hopeful.”

Celtic have been handed blow in Ferhat transfer race

Celtic could certainly do with another wide player at this point of time. Jota, James Forrest, Mikey Johnston and Karamoko Dembele have all had injury problems recently.

But even more important, when it comes to Forrest and Johnston, the problems have been recurring and they have spent several spells out on the sidelines over the past couple of seasons, struggling to remain fit for a considerable length of time.

Signing a player like Ferhat would be interesting to say the least. But the interest of French clubs would certainly make things difficult, as the Algerian international has played in France since the summer of 2016.

Other than Celtic and Saint-Etienne, he has also been linked with Montpellier, while his current deal with Nimes is believed to run out next summer.

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