Canadian Men’s National Team Alistair Johnston CF Montreal Celtic permanent deal FIFA World Cup

Scottish Premiership Celtic are in talks with acquired Canadian international defender Alistair Johnston on a permanent deal, according to a report by Fabrizio Romano.

Romano says personal terms between the CF Montreal defender and the Scottish champions are already in discussion, but they are still awaiting a finalized deal between the teams.

Johnston started and played all 90 minutes of Canada’s first 1-0 loss to Belgium at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The 24-year-old had a shot on target in Wednesday’s Group F opener.

Johnston made 33 appearances for CF Montreal in MLS last season and scored four times with five assists.

Montreal acquired the Vancouver native from Nashville SC in exchange for $1 million in general allocation money in December 2021 and signed him to a two-year contract with options for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.

The defender made his international debut for Canada on March 25, 2021 against Bermuda and has played 31 games with the senior national team.

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