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Celtic are exploring a move for Argentinian U23 Francisco Ortega and step up efforts to keep Jota

Celtic are exploring a move for Argentina Under-23 international Francisco Ortega as an option at left-back as the Scottish champions step up their efforts to keep Jota on a permanent £6.5m deal.

  • Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou wants competition for Greg Taylor at left-back
  • Velez Sarsfeld defender Francisco Ortega received positive scouting reports
  • The Argentine was called up for the U20 World Cup and the U23 Olympic Team
  • Postecoglou also received scouting reports on Iraqi left back Mohanad Jeahze

Celtic are exploring a move for Argentine Under-23 international left-back Francisco Ortega.

And the newly crowned Scottish champions are also keen to step up their efforts to sign Portuguese winger Jota on a permanent £6.5m deal.

In the market for another option at left-back, Velez defender Sarsfeld Ortega, 23, has been the subject of positive scouting reports.

Celtic are exploring a move for Argentine Under-23 left-back Francisco Ortega (right)

Celtic are exploring a move for Argentine Under-23 left-back Francisco Ortega (right)

Selected for the South American U-20 Championship, he also participated in the U-20 World Cup, earning a call-up for the U-23 Olympic team.

With Boli Bolingoli likely to leave the club this summer, Ange Postecoglou wants to compete with Scotland international Greg Taylor.

The Parkhead boss has also received scouting reports on Iraqi left-back Mohanad Jeahze with reports in Sweden claiming that Hammarby is already looking in the market for a replacement.

Celtic also want to sign Portuguese winger Jota on a permanent £6.5m deal.

Celtic also want to sign Portuguese winger Jota on a permanent £6.5m deal.

Celtic also want to sign Portuguese winger Jota on a permanent deal.

Signed by Benfica on a season-long loan, the 23-year-old impressed with 13 goals in 40 appearances.

After a holiday in Ibiza last week, the winger is ready to commit his future to Celtic, with further talks due next week. Benfica would retain a 30 percent sale stake in any future moves as part of the deal.

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