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Georgios Samaras of Celtic takes on Anders Svensson of Elfsborg. Photo Mark Runnacles/ Getty Images

Georgios Samaras of Celtic takes on Anders Svensson of Elfsborg. Photo Mark Runnacles/ Getty Images

Georgios Samaras of Celtic takes on Anders Svensson of Elfsborg. Photo Mark Runnacles/ Getty Images

CELTIC are looking to tie up the signing of Norwegian midfielder Stefan Johansen.

The 23-year-old arrived in Glasgow last night and is expected to undergo a medical today.

Johansen was part of the Stromsgodset side which won the Norwegian league last year, but he views a move to Parkhead as a major step forward in his career.

He told reporters at Glasgow Airport: "Hopefully everything will go to plan and I can become a Celtic player.

"I'm having a medical and I'll be really happy if everything works out. It's a very big club. Obviously, Champions League, they are leading the Scottish Premiership ... so it is a big attraction."

Meanwhile, manager Neil Lennon has demanded striker Georgios Samaras makes his mind up on a new deal, so he can finalise his January transfer plans.

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The Greece international is out of contract at the end of the season, but the Hoops have tabled a new two-year offer in the face on reported interest from Atletico Madrid and Turkish outfit Trabzonspor.

But Lennon still has no clear idea of the 28-year-old's next move and admits the delay is causing him concern as he looks to strengthen his side.

The Parkhead boss, who will meet Samaras at the club's Lennoxtown training base today after the former Manchester City frontman was allowed to return to Greece while Lennon took the rest of his squad to Turkey for a winter mini-tournament, said: "Georgios comes back today and we're hoping we'll have some sort of an answer by then.

"We need an answer because that will define how the rest of the month will pan out."


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