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Celtic should rekindle interest with Marvin Johnson available this summer

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Celtic should rekindle interest with Marvin Johnson available this summer

The Middlesbrough winger was wanted by Celtic last summer.

Middlesbrough winger Marvin Johnson might be on his way out of the club this summer after just one season at the Riverside. The left-sided star joined from Oxford United last summer and was a regular under former boss Garry Monk. But Tony Pulis has used him more sporadically and, according to Birmingham Live he is wanted by Birmingham City, now managed by Monk.

But his availability must alert several other teams. Just 12 months the winger was being linked with likes of Everton, Manchester City and Liverpool – as his versatility and eye-catching performances sent tongues wagging.

Celtic were also keen. It was reported by the Scottish Sun back in March 2017 that Celtic were among thirty teams interested in the former Motherwell man. In the end, it was Middlesbrough who lured him, with a fee of £2.5 million reported to have been paid by the Oxford Mail.

Now, this summer, he is available again but the competition to sign the 27-year-old is much less fierce.

 

Certainly, it does not seem the cream of the Premier League crop will be making a move for him on this occasion.

But Celtic should not be put off. The Bhoys could certainly use Johnson at the club next season. With Patrick Roberts’ loan deal coming to an end Brendan Rodgers could use another left-footed winger at Parkhead.

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Johnson would be the perfect signing. He knows Scottish football, having spent an impressive 18-month spell at Fir Park so Celtic do not have to worry about any adaptation there. He can also provide cover at left-back if Kieran Tierney needs resting or has to slot into a centre-back role.

It would be hard to convince Johnson to resist a move back to his hometown club and to the man who believed in him so passionately last summer in Monk.

But Celtic promise trophies, European football and an epic history. If they still want him 12 months down the line, then they could easily make a deal happen.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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