Andraz Sporar admits he was always going to choose Sporting Lisbon over Celtic

By David Walton

February 25, 2020

Sporting Lisbon striker Andraz Sporar has claimed that he was never going to sign for anyone other than Sporting Lisbon.

Sporar, who was formerly of Slovan Bratislava, was a well-documented January target of Celtic’s. Neil Lennon even admitted that the Hoops had held positive talks with the striker towards the end of December (BBC).

However, progress on a potential transfer seemed to stall, with Celtic then going out and signing Patryk Klimala from Jagiellonia Bialystok for £3.5million (Scottish Sun).

Sporar scores for Sporting (Patricia De Melo Moreira / AFP via Getty Images)

And Sporar has opened up on the interest he’s had from other clubs. Speaking in comments published by Sport.SK, the striker claims he was never not going to sign for Lisbon.

“I had a lot of offers on the table that I certainly don’t want to be specific about, but I’m really glad I made a deal with Sporting. If I had to do it 10 times in a row, I would have chosen Sporting 10 times.

“The problem of the Slovak league is that it does not have so many quality teams. Slovan is still far ahead, we have won the league well in advance and in Portugal there are Benfica, Porto, Sporting, Braga, but also other clubs are greatly organized.”

Celtic not ruing Sporar KO so far

Ever since Sporar signed for Sporting, there hasn’t been much of a feeling of regret amongst the support.

Sporar is clearly a good striker of course. He is already off the mark for Sporting with two goals in six appearances, but it’s hardly been a blockbuster start for him either (Transfrmarkt).

Leigh Griffiths, meanwhile, has five goals to his name since the winter. His revival has played a massive part in making the Sporar stuff feel pretty irrelevant. All credit has to go to the Scotland international for that.

Sporar in the Europa League (Carlos Costa/ AFP via Getty Images)

Klimala has only just arrived in the country meanwhile, and needs more time to settle in before he can be judged. He finally got off the mark for the reserves against Hibernian yesterday, and it remains to be seen how he fares in the long-term.

Sporar could end up being one we end up regretting missing out on in the long-term. But for now, Celtic’s staff and supporters won’t exactly be having sleepless nights about it.

What do you make of the Sporar deal? Should we have pushed the boat out to sign him over Sporting? Are we even being made to rue not going for him? Let us know your thoughts in the discussion forum below.