Celtic told to forget about signing Elabdellaoui

Olympiakos manager Pedro Martins has told Celtic to forget about pursuing defender Omar Elabdellaoui after the Scottish champions were linked with a move for the 27-year-old.

Celtic are looking for a right-back option with current first team pick Mikael Lustig nearing the end of his contract and with Cristian Gamboa falling behind youngster Anthony Ralston in the pecking order – manager Brendan Rodgers is now looking for an experienced right-back to shore up the defence.

But despite claims that Celtic were looking to lodge a £4 million bid for the player, Olympiakos value him closer to £8 million and insisted they are not interested in selling the full-back.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 18: Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Omar Elabdellaoui of Olympiacos battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League group D match between FC Barcelona and Olympiakos Piraeus at Camp Nou on October 18, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Martins said: “We are focused on our goals of winning the title again and we won’t risk that by selling any players. To achieve our goals this season, we need a quality squad, so none of our first team players will be sold this month.”

Lustig has been seen as the weak link within the Celtic defence for the past two seasons and opposition teams have exploited that weakness both domestically and in Europe. But it now looks Rodgers’ pursuit of the 34 times capped Norwegian international is coming to an end and he will need to look at alternative options.

Elabdellaoui has been with the Greek side since August 2014 playing 104 times scoring six times during his five years at the club. He had a spell with Hull City in the second half of season 2016-17, playing nine times.

The Norwegian was a product of the Manchester City youth academy and spent time on loan at Ronny Deila’s Stromsgodset side in 2011 and the year after at Feyenoord, making a permanent switch to Braunschweig in May 2013 before moving to Olympiakos.

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