Celtic face a battle this January to sign one of their top targets.
Milad Mohammadi is firmly on Celtic’s radar but he is now attracting attention from the Premier League.
According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic are set to step up their chase for Mohammadi after Watford entered the race.
Mohammadi currently plays for Russian side Akhmat Grozny but he is entering the final stages of his contract.
If Celtic act quickly, they could snap the 25-year-old up on a pre-contract agreement, ensuring he arrives for free.
This would be a coup for the Bhoys and Mohammadi’s versatility would make him an asset.
The Iran international, infamous for his botched long throw in the World Cup, plays as a left-back or further forward as a winger.
Kieran Tierney has made the left-back spot his own but with constant question marks surrounding his future and the need for depth at Celtic, there is no reason why this should prevent them from moving for Mohammadi.
The lure of the Premier League will tempt Mohammadi, who has been at Akhmat Grozny since 2016.
And The Scottish Sun claims that Watford might even try to sign him for a reduced fee in January.
If Celtic are serious about bringing Mohammadi in as cover at left-back and on the wing, then they must start negotiations as soon as possible to ensure Watford do not beat them to him.