Celtic after Bodø/Glimt's Junker, face battle from host of English clubs
Well, then. Turns out Celtic are indeed after prolific striker Kasper Junker.
The Bodø/Glimt star has been in unbelievable form for the Norwegian champions, with 27 goals in 25 games at the time of writing. Now, after getting the heads up from 67 Hail Hail, the Bhoys have joined the hunt alongside West Brom, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Bristol City (TEAMtalk).
Valued at a mere £630,000 on Transfermarkt, the 26-year-old has no doubt caught the eyes of scouts across Europe.
Celtic-bound? Junker’s career so far
Junker, who stands at 6’1″, has never settled at one club for long. Prior to his Bodø/Glimt move, the Dane had played Randers, AC Horsens and Stabæk.
Something a late bloomer, Junker had never reached double figures during any season in his career before 2020. Having suddenly exploded into elite form, there could be concerns that he is a player who requires a very specific environment.
You don’t just become a prolific striker overnight. It’s possible that Bodø/Glimt are using specific training methods or have a particular coach working with him. Whatever they’ve done, it’s worked.
While the likes of Crystal Palace and West Brom could hold more allure as Premier League clubs, Celtic surely represent a better opportunity for Junker than any English Championship side. Having tasted European football this season, Junker will be aware only Celtic can offer that to him.
Funnily enough, Bodø/Glimt fell to A.C. Milan in Europa League qualifying (UEFA). Their scorers in a 3-2 loss? Junker, and Jens Petter Hauge, who Celtic fans know all too well.
Where Junker fits
A tall, strong and technically gifted striker, Junker would provide a different option for the Bhoys. As this reel shows, his movement between the lines and finishing ability are a sight to behold.
Our reliance on Odsonne Edouard has been discussed before. Unfortunately, Ajeti has had a stop-start time in the Green and White, Leigh Griffiths has had ongoing injury woes and Patryk Klimala is a very raw prospect.
Celtic have had to depend on Edouard and the midfield far too often this season. A plug-and-play striker on hot form would be an enormous boost.
If Peter Lawwell and Neil Lennon are able to extol the virtues of Celtic to the Danish striker, he’d be an instant hit. We aren’t sure exactly how concrete Celtic’s interest is. If the Bhoys really are after Junker, they need to act quickly, as England calls once again for a Celtic target.