Celtic European opponents are on cusp of selling their best player

By Euan Davidson

December 17, 2021

Celtic will face Bodø/Glimt in the Europa Conference League next year, and our opponents are extremely unlikely to have star man Patrick Berg with them.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Bodø/Glimt’s 2021 Player of the Year is speaking to French side RC Lens, and will undergo a medical today.

Berg looked likely to leave the Norwegian champions imminently. It’ll be a boost for Celtic, as Berg’s influence on the side, based in the Arctic Circle, is huge.

Earlier this week, Berg told VG: “It is Glimt’s opportunity to get a financially good sale for me as a player considering that I have one year left on my contract. 

“I also think the club might think that it is best to sell me now, considering that we have a replacement already ready in the club.”

Romano tweeted:

As Romano suggested, there was supposed interest from Celtic this year. Norwegian outlet VG had reported that a “Scottish club” was looking at the Norway international.

However, either way, this is a move that undoubtedly benefits the Hoops. It’s not just Patrick Berg, either; Fredrik Bjorkan, their star left-back, has seemingly sealed a move to Hertha Berlin [TV2].

Whether Celtic should have been in the hunt for Berg is another thing. Certainly, Celtic would’ve had the financial muscle to compete with RC Lens. A mobile defensive midfielder with international experience wouldn’t have exactly harmed the balance of the Hoops squad.

However, he looks set to join a club in one of the top 5 leagues, with Ligue 1 offering an excellent platform for the young midfielder.

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It’s hard to articulate how influential Patrick Berg is to Bodø/Glimt. Watching them in the Europa Conference League this season, he’s been an absolute stand-out.

It was always likely he’d be away, but the nature of the move and the club he’s going to is something of a surprise.

With no disrespect to Lens, you’d have thought he could’ve gone somewhere a bit more esteemed, especially given his international and European club experience.

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Nonetheless, this helps Celtic and make no mistake. It’s not the determining factor; Bodø/Glimt still have some very dangerous players, but Patrick Berg is their Player of the Year for good reason.

In the end, there probably just wasn’t enough in the links to Celtic for fans to truly anticipate a move. Instead, the Hoops are likely to bring in two quality midfielders, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate, from the J League.

But again, either way; this is good news for Celtic.

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