Celtic interested in midfield trio

Stuart Armstrong in action against Motherwell in the Scottish cup on Saturday where he was watched by John Collins. Picture: SNS

Stuart Armstrong in action against Motherwell in the Scottish cup on Saturday where he was watched by John Collins. Picture: SNS

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Celtic are reportedly interested in three midfielders as Ronny Deila bids to improve his squad in the January transfer window.

The Parkhead club have been linked with Canadian starlet Jay Chapman, a renewed bid for Dundee United’s Stuart Armstrong and are also said to be interested in Tranmere star Max Power.

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Parkhead boss Ronny Deila, who is reported to be seeking three or four new faces in January, wants midfield reinforcements ahead of an assault on the last 32 of the Europa League.

Canadian Chapman, who has a British father, has been starring for Michigan State in the US, helping them through to the NCAA College play-off quarter-finals.

The 20-year-old, an attacking midfielder, is a product of Toronto FC’s academy and also said to be on the radar of Sunderland, Aston Villa and Swansea.

He was a regular fixture in Michigan’s starting line-up last year, and scored the fastest goal of the season after 13 seconds into a 3-0 win over Oakland in October 2013.

Celtic are also said to be renewing their interest in Stuart Armstrong, a previous target for former manager Neil Lennon.

The Dundee United midfielder was watched by John Collins in the Scottish Cup clash with Motherwell on Saturday.

United will be looking to command a fee of around £2 million for the player.

Another who features highly on a list of potential transfer targets is Tranmere’s 21-year-old Max Power.

The young midfielder has been one of the League Two club’s best players for the past few seasons is out of contract in the summer, though Celtic could get him in January for as little as £400,000.

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