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Update emerges on Celtic’s pursuit of Bristol City ace

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Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have retained their interest in Bristol City forward Antoine Semenyo, according to a report from GHANASoccernet.com.

The Robins’ academy graduate was linked with a move to Glasgow during the winter but they are yet to get an agreement over the line for the striker who finally found his rhythm at Ashton Gate last season.

Recording eight goals and 12 assists in 31 league appearances during the 2021/22 campaign, the 22-year-old played a considerable part in keeping Nigel Pearson’s side away from the relegation zone despite their poor defensive record, with Andreas Weimann proving to be a key figure alongside him.

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They didn't make a single loan signing during the 2021/22 campaign.

Even without this impressive season under his belt, his progress was being monitored by the champions north of the border with their interest dating back to last summer.

According to this record from GHANASoccernet.com, the Bhoys’ boss Ange Postecoglou is an admirer of the 22-year-old who is now starting to establish himself on the international stage for Ghana.

His contract at Ashton Gate is due to expire next summer but with the second-tier side having the option to extend his stay by a further 12 months, they will have a considerable amount of power at the negotiating table and could potentially end up pricing Postecoglou’s side out of the race.

The Verdict:

This is an interesting one.

Considering the Robins finished in such an underwhelming position last term, they have a considerable amount of valuable assets at their disposal including Han-Noah Massengo and Alex Scott, both of whom could move on for considerable fees this summer.

Teenager Scott may want to stay put for now considering how much game time he’s getting at the moment though, so Pearson may need to choose between selling either Maasengo or Semenyo if he wants to have much more to spend during this window.

The club’s recruitment team have already shown that they can operate effectively with their smart addition of Kal Naismith and they could work wonders again if given the funds to make a difference.

However, some of their top targets may become unavailable if a suitable offer doesn’t come in for any of their valuable players until later on this summer, so it will be interesting to see if they are willing to cash in during the latter stages of the window when they will have less time to get more signings over the line.

Ideally though, Pearson will want to retain Semenyo considering how much he contributed going forward last season.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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