Ferencvaros Chief Plays It Coy On This Reported Celtic Target’s Future: Why The Bhoys Must Rope Him In | OneFootball
Ferencvaros Chief Plays It Coy On This Reported Celtic Target’s Future: Why The Bhoys Must Rope Him In
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Celtic have scouted Ryan Mmaee extensively in recent months (as revealed by the Record Sport) and Ferencvaros sporting director Tamas Hajnal has played it coy on the Moroccan’s future while speaking to the fans in a Q&A session. Although he denied any potential exit, the door has not been slammed shut completely.
“At the moment, every position has the right competitive situation. Based on the composition, we can play football in different game systems. But I cannot conclusively state that there will be no more changes. There is still a lot of time until the end of the transfer window.”
Hajnal told Ferencvaros fans’ website Ulloi129.
Mmaee progressed through the youth ranks of KV Zuun and RWDM Brussels before joining the academy set-up of Gent back in 2010. He left Gent in 2013 for Standard Liège who eventually handed him his professional debut a couple of years later.
However, the then Belgium youth international not only failed to leave a mark high up the pitch but also proved unsuccessful while on loan at Waasland-Beveren and AGF. He was released by Standard Liège in 2019 and AEL Limassol, the Cypriot First Division side, secured his services on a Bosman a few months later.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 19: Robert Mak of Ferencvaros TC shoots whilst under pressure from Joe Hart of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Celtic FC and Ferencvarosi TC at Celtic Park on October 19, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)
Mmaee revived his game in Cyprus and a productive 2020–21 campaign earned him a transfer to Ferencváros last summer. He made 36 appearances last season for the Hungarian champions across competitions including two Europa League group stage encounters against the Hoops. With 17 goals and 11 assists, the 24-year-old has impressed the Celtic representatives who monitored his development minutely.
The young centre-forward is currently working on his recovery from an ankle ligament injury. He is eyeing a recovery prior to December’s Qatar World Cup, as he is aiming for a place in the Morocco squad having represented them seven times since switching his allegiance six years back.
Why Celtic Must Rope In The Striking Ace
The Bhoys, meanwhile, are well-equipped in the attacking third with an array of versatile options. Japanese ace Kyogo Furuhashi has been a revelation in the ‘number 9’ role, whereas his compatriot Daizen Maeda has been immense across the frontline. Giorgos Giakoumakis settled in after a slow start and the Greek hitman offers more directness with his poaching traits inside the box.
Having said that, Maeda is more effective down the wide due to his high work ethic and relentless runs. Furuhashi had his injury woes during the second half of the previous term and the gaffer Ange Postecoglou should opt for the Moroccan who fits in his free-flowing football. Albian Ajeti does not have a future at Parkhead and the depth, as well as quality, must be maintained now after securing a berth in the Champions League group stages.
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