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Nigeria defender Juwon Oshaniwa claims Celtic interest, admits deal would be 'a dream'

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Ashdod left back Juwon Oshaniwa says Celtic are interested in signing him.

Celtic are reportedly interested in signing another left back according to recent speculation in the Scottish Sun, and now Nigerian international Juwon Oshaniwa says the Bhoys want to sign him.

24-year-old Oshaniwa is currently plying his trade in Israel with Ashdod, and featured for Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup. Now, he has told the BBC that Celtic want to bring him to Scotland to add competition for Emilio Izaguirre at left back, remarking that a move to the Scottish champions would be 'a dream come true'.

"My club have told me that Celtic have contacted them about me and said they were interested in me," said Oshaniwa. "A move to play for Celtic would be a dream come true for me."

Oshaniwa has played alongside Celtic striker Stefan Scepovic at Ashdod, and knows centre back Efe Ambrose from international duty - and says he wants to join the 26-year-old at Celtic Park.

"I would be so glad to meet up with my international team mate Efe Ambrose," he continued. "I would love to play at Celtic. I have heard great things about the club and know how big they are"

"I have played on the biggest stage in the world at the World Cup and it's time for me to move on. Football is a game of movement and it is time for me to move to a big club. I would love to play with them in the Champions League," added the full back.

Celtic have signed a number of players from Israeli football in recent years, including Beram Kayal, Nir Bitton and Ambrose, so the club may well have links to agents over there.

If that's the case, then a deal to sign Oshaniwa could be much easier to secure, whilst the influence of Ambrose is another boost as they look for competition for Izaguirre.

The lure of playing in top European competition appears to have attracted Oshaniwa, and his desire to leave Ashdod is great news for manager Ronny Deila if they are indeed interested in signing him.

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