Riley McGree set for Middlesbrough move after Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou concedes defeat

MIDDLESBROUGH are poised to win the race to sign Australian international midfielder Riley McGree, with Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou having reportedly conceding defeat to the club's quest to sign him.

Riverside Stadium, home of Middlesbrough FC.
Riverside Stadium, home of Middlesbrough FC.

The 23-year-old, who recently returned to MLS outfit Charlotte FC after a loan spell in England with Birmingham City, has been in talks with Celtic and Boro about potential moves.

McGree is a player well known to Postecoglou from his time with the Australian national team, but he is expected to wrap up a move to Teesside - and not Glasgow - shortly.

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The Celtic manager said: "I can tell you there are no other offers out there, we haven't spoken to anyone else. Riley McGree was somebody we had an interest in because of my association with him, obviously I know the player very well.

"After initial discussions, he's decided to look elsewhere, which is fine."

Meanwhile, Boro's glamour FA Cup fourth round tie at Manchester United has been selected for live TV coverage.

The game will be played on Friday February 4 (8pm) and will be screened on ITV.