Celtic’s protracted pursuit of a permanent deal for John Guidetti could soon reach a positive conclusion.
That is the opinion of Hoops boss Ronny Deila, who has spent much of the season working hard to ensure that the Sweden international is not lured away from Parkhead.
A flying start to his time in Glasgow, following a season-long loan switch from Manchester City, saw questions asked of the 22-year-old’s future.
A man who made a similar move alongside his last summer, Belgian centre-half Jason Denayer, has also been catching the eye in Scotland.
Celtic, though, are determined to keep both for the remainder of the campaign, along with Kris Commons – who will out of contract at the end of the season.
Deila said in the Daily Record: “It is important to get players in for this window but it is much better to keep than get in. Jason, Guidetti and Kris are the first priority but hopefully we can bring in as well.
“With Guidetti there is progress. He is enjoying being here. It is closer now but you never know in football.”
The Daily Record has been reporting for some time that a £3 million fee was agreed with City prior to Guidetti moving north.
Celtic are, however, aware that the striker, and Commons, are now free to speak with other clubs as their respective deals expire in the summer.
Denayer is due to see out the season at Parkhead and only the acceptance of an offer from elsewhere for the defender by his Premier League parent club would see that agreement cut short.