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Deal close between Celtic, Canadian DF Johnston

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A deal between Scottish soccer giant Celtic F.C. and CF Montreal of MLS to sign Canadian international defender Alistair Johnston on a permanent deal is close, sources tell TSN. 

Fabrizio Romano reported earlier on Friday there was a verbal agreement between the two sides and added Johnston's contract would be discussed in order to get the deal finished.

This comes one day after Romano reported that personal terms were already being discussed between Johnston and the Scottish champions. 

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

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

Johnston made 33 appearances for CF Montreal in MLS play 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 of 2021 and signed him to a two-year deal 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 in 31 games for the senior national team.