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Monday 24 July 2017

Celtic close on Ntcham

Celtic target Olivier Ntcham. Photo credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.
Celtic target Olivier Ntcham. Photo credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

Celtic are closing in on the signing of Manchester City midfielder Olivier Ntcham.

The 21-year-old has been in Glasgow for talks over the weekend and is believed to be close to finalising a deal.

The France Under-21 international has been on loan at Genoa for the past two seasons, where he made 37 appearances for the Serie A team.

Meanwhile, Celtic skipper Scott Brown is seeing a specialist over an Achilles problem but he is confident he will be passed fit to face Linfield on Friday.

The Scotland midfielder limped off just half an hour into Saturday's 9-0 friendly rout of Shamrock Rovers after tweaking the tendon.

But he expects to face Irish League champions Linfield in Friday's Champions League second qualifying round tie at Windsor Park after receiving treatment.

Blues boss David Healy is trying to prepare his side for a tough night at home to the Bhoys.

"We are under no illusions. We have to be at our absolute maximum and Celtic will have to have an off night," said Healy.

Linfield's Irish League rivals Glenavon have signed forward Marc Griffin after his exit from Drogheda United.

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