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Celtic taunted over Riley McGree transfer as gloating Middlesbrough aim 'some prefer red to green' potshot

Daily Record logo Daily Record 14/01/2022 Liam Bryce

Middlesbrough have aimed a not-so-subtle dig at Celtic after pipping them to the signing of Riley McGree.

The Aussie midfielder was all set to join Ange Postecoglou 's side before a late offer from Boro turned his head.

Celtic are understood to have bailed out of a bidding war with the EFL Championship club after initially having a £2million offer accepted for the FC Charlotte star.

But Boro boss Chris Wilder was determined to land the 23-year-old and the Yorkshire outfit tabled a package worth up to £5m.

That, plus a hefty wage packet, was enough to turn McGree's head south and he signed a three-and-a-half year contract at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro have been showing off their new acquisition on social media and seemingly couldn't resist rubbing it in.

They posted a picture of McGree in the club's dark green away shirt with the caption: "We've gone for the away kit celebration shot this time...

"Some people prefer red to green, but hey ho..."

Postecoglou shrugged off McGree going elsewhere at his Thursday press conference, insisting he won't try and talk any player into signing for Celtic.

“Nothing too exciting,” he replied when asked why the deal didn’t happen. "He’s a player I know well and it came across my path he may be available.

“I had a discussion with him and then he obviously decided he wanted to take an opportunity elsewhere, which is fine.

“It wasn’t really anything too drastic for us.

“It was just a discussion with a player I know well and for me it was an interesting proposition.

“But it didn’t work out, which is fine. He moves on and we move on.

“It’s an indication for me this isn’t the right place for him.

“It works both ways. I only want players who want to be here.

“I won’t try to convince any player to come and sign for this football club. I won’t. If they can’t see the opportunities that exist here then that’s part of the deal for me.

“The ones we have signed all wanted to come here.

“It’s an easy decision. Everyone has their own free will to decide what’s best for them. But I’m not going to sell this club to anyone on its attributes or virtues.

“If they can’t understand that in the first place then they’re probably not worth talking to from my perspective. With Riley McGree there weren’t a lot of discussions.

“There was a bit of interest but when it’s clear to me that they don’t want to come to us it’s fine. We don’t progress it from there.

“He’s one of a number I would have spoken to in the last six months that didn’t end up coming to us for a variety of reasons.

“If it doesn’t work out then it doesn’t work out and it’s fine."

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