Reported Celtic target Birger Meling admits it will be tough for him to leave Rosenborg if they make the Champions League group stage.
The Norwegian champions are just 180 minutes away from a seat at the top table of European football. They will face Dinamo Zagreb in the play-off round with the first leg in Croatia on Wednesday night.
Celtic were linked with a move for the 24-year-old by the Scottish Sun earlier this week. It was assumed that the Hoops would be able to tempt Meling away pretty easily as they search for a successor to Kieran Tierney.
However, the defender’s latest comments to Norwegian outlet VG have certainly thrown that into doubt.
“It is clear that if you make it to the Champions League, it will be terribly difficult to go away,” Meling admitted.
“When you play international matches, whether it’s for Rosenborg or for Norway, you know that people are watching the matches.
“They will tell you whether you are doing good or bad. Then you have to deal with things if a bid comes in, but so far, I haven’t heard anything. I take things very seriously. I enjoy Rosenborg very well.”
Celtic are now in a tricky situation with Meling
Rosenborg’s progression seems like a little bit of a pain for Celtic. If the Hoops are interested in Meling, as reported, then we’d quite like to seal a deal for him sooner rather than later.
With big games coming up in the league and in Europe we could really do with completing our signings in a quick manner. However, Meling is unlikely to want to give up the chance of Champions League football to move to Scotland.
Rosenborg won’t know their fate until the 27th August and Celtic can’t really afford to wait until then. We’ll be going into a crunch derby at Ibrox days after that and really need to have our left-back issue sorted by then.
It’s a pain but one that’s all of our own doing. We knew Tierney was for the off earlier this summer and could have looked to get Meling in nice and early. Once again it seems like the recruitment team has been reactive rather than proactive.
A move for Greg Taylor beckons.