ALISTAIR JOHNSTON revealed it was good to talk to Ange Postecoglou before he agreed a five-year deal with Celtic.

The 24-year-old Canada right-back is on his way to the champions now his country’s interest is at an end in the World Cup in Qatar, as CQN forecast at the start of the week.

Johnston’s MLS club CF Montreal and the Hoops agreed a fee of around £3.5million and it was down to personal terms before the move got the green light.

Fortunately, there were no snags and Johnston joined Japanese centre-half Yuki Kobayashi as the club’s second signing almost a full month before the transfer window reopens on January 1 2023.

ON THE BALL…Alistair Johnston is heading for Celtic.

The former Vissel Kobe left-sided defender arrived in Scotland yesterday to sign another five-year contract to team up with his former club mate Kyogo Furuhashi and his countrymen Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi at Parkhead.

A clearly delighted Johnston said: “Ange really was the one who sold me on it.

“I think for every single footballer, you want it to be the perfect fit, and you want to go somewhere that, not only do you feel that you’re a part of something and you feel that you’re wanted, but at the same time, it’s a good sporting fit as well.

“Based on what he said he’s looking to do with this squad and this club in the next couple of years, it felt like a perfect fit.

“He’s looking for young, driven players who want to take that next step and compete at the highest level, compete in the top stages of Europe and, for me, that was something which just called out to me and it felt right.”

Johnston, speaking to Celtic TV, added: “From everything I’ve heard, he’s a top manager and his whole coaching staff have just got glowing reviews from everyone I’ve talked to, so that was another thing which was a big selling point for me on Celtic, and just absolutely made it a home run for me to make the move to Celtic Park.

“For me, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world. Just to hear that this was a club that was interested in me, and to see the project the coaching staff have and the progress that this team and this club continues to make in Europe as well, it’s really exciting.”

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