Journalist Arya Allahverdi has denied that Celtic are interested in Al Shabab Dubai forward Mehdi Ghayedi, contradicting reports yesterday that the Hoops saw a bid rejected for the 23-year-old.

Unsurprisingly, Ange Postecoglou has been working hard to boost attacking options at Parkhead after an injury-ravaged first-half to the season for his offensive players. Daizen Maeda and Johnny Kenny look to have both been brought in to help with this issue.

Seemingly still not content with his firing line going into the rest of the campaign, there were claims yesterday that Celtic has seen an initial bid rejected for Ghayedi with a view to submitting a further offer down the line.

However, this rumour now looks to have been squashed in the last few hours.

Speaking to his followers on Twitter, Arya Allahverdi stated the following:

“Mehdi Ghayedi to Celtic rumours are not true. Confirmed this with his intermediaries”.

Losing out on Ghayedi may come as a blow to Celtic due to his attacking quality

Known for his skillful nature and end product, Ghayedi looks as if he would be a handy option for the Celts to have in and around their starting eleven. Across his career, the versatile attacker has managed to rack up 41 goals and 27 assists in 154 appearances. He has also been labelled as the ‘Iranian Neymar’ in his homeland by reporter Reza Khaasteh.

With Jota still working himself back to full fitness, alongside uncertainty over the long-term future of winger Mikey Johnston at Celtic, it may be wise to bring in some cover on the left-hand side of the attack.

However, it looks like Ghayedi won’t be the man to fulfill that function at Parkhead any time soon.