Celtic have been linked with a number of left-backs since the departure of star man, Kieran Tierney, to Arsenal for a reported £25-million. But the Hoops might have finally found their man in the form of Rosenborg’s Birger Meling, who looks set to leave the Norwegian club.
After selling Kieran Tierney to Premier League giants, Arsenal, the Scottish champions will be eager to add to their ranks especially after Boli Bolingoli has failed to impress since his arrival in the summer from Rapid Vienna for a transfer fee in the range of £3-million. And according to the Scottish Sun, Celtic are keen to bring Norwegian international, Birger Meling, to Parkhead.
Rosenborg faced the Glasgow club on four occasions last season in Europe and the left-back was brilliant during those four appearances even scoring at Celtic Park, making an impression on Celtic fans and directors in the process. Birger’s contract with Roseborg ends in December of 2020 but it appears that the Hoops will look for a way to bring him to Scottish shores in the current transfer window.
The Norwegian also seems keen on an eventual move away from his country to try and make a name for himself in more prominent European leagues. Birger said:
“I have ambitions to try something different and hope to do that some day.
“Right now we have terribly important games and we all have full understanding of what the situation is.
“We will see if new opportunities emerge for me eventually, but the timing is difficult right now. I understand this.”
Celtic will do well to move quickly and seal the deal though as there is interest for Birger from other clubs as well. Rosenborg have already rejected a bid for the left-back from MLS’ Los Angeles FC.
After a disappointing elimination from the Champions League for the second year in a row, Celtic fans will be looking for some good news to lift the mood around the club. The arrival of Birger Meling might just serve that purpose while also filling the hole in the squad left by the departure of Kieran Tierney.