Alistair Johnston has explained how former Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama has played a big part in him deciding to join the Hoops.
Wanyama is a teammate of Johnston’s at CF Montreal and the Canadian international says the ex-Hoops star was constantly in his ear talking up the Scottish champions:
“Victor is one who has definitely been in my ear about it. He had glowing reviews for the club. He was one of the ones who said to me: ‘Look, if you get an opportunity and something comes up at Celtic, you have to take it’.”
“Vic says it’s the biggest club he had ever played for and he has played for some pretty big clubs in Spurs and Southampton – so that was a pretty glowing recommendation. He said that anywhere he went he still got constant shouts of ‘Hail, Hail’ and ‘Come on the Bhoys’.”
“So I got a glowing review from Victor and I have done a lot of my own research. Victor has done a lot of research for me as well, to be fair – he’s the best agent Celtic could have.”
Johnston‘s move to Parkhead hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but it is believed that the deal is all but completed, with Celtic expected to pay around £3m for the right-back.
With Canada eliminated from the World Cup after losing against Croatia, the squad will fly home from the tournament after the final game against Morocco on Thursday afternoon.
You would expect there to be some announcement about Johnston’s transfer after then. Manager Ange Postecoglou will be delighted to get a second signing over the line even before the next transfer window officially opens. An agreement is already in place for Yuki Kobayashi to join from Vissel Kobe in the New Year.