Celtic have joined the race to capture £1million-rated Egyptian playmaker Mahmoud Hassan.

Known in his homeland as ‘Trezeguet’, 19-year-old attacking midfielder Hassan plays for Egyptian champions Al Ahly.

An African Super Cup and CAF Champions League winner, Hassan has been capped 11 times for his nation’s Under-21 side, scoring twice — including a stunning solo effort against England.

That goal drew the attention of Championship club Nottingham Forest, who tried to sign the player in the summer. French side Nice and German giants Stuttgart are also keen.

The player himself has expressed a preference for England, but could use Celtic as a stepping stone to the Premiership.

Al Ahly have slapped a £1m price tag on their young prospect, while any move would also be pending the result of a work-permit appeal as Hassan is from a nation outwith the EU and has yet to earn a full cap.

‘The club will sell anyone for £1million,’ said Al Ahly’s director of football Sayed Abdel-Hafiz. ‘It’s a huge number. But we haven’t received an offer, so all this talk is irrelevant.’

The highly-regarded Hassan gets his nickname after former French international striker David Trezeguet.

Neil Lennon admits he is scouring the market for a playmaker, saying ahead of today’s trip to St Johnstone: ‘Going forward, there is no question we could do with a bit of flair — a bit of creativity in the team.

‘Looking into the New Year and the second half of the season, and the qualifiers as well, we are endeavouring to bring in new bodies.