Any Celtic quest to sign winger Niclas Eliasson this week looks doomed to failure, with his agent telling The Daily Record that Bristol City will rebuff any offers until the summer when ‘something big could happen’.
Yesterday, it was reported by The Sunday Mail (26/01 print edition, back page) that Celtic were keen on landing the attacker before the end of the January transfer window deadline, having scouted him previously.
The creative talent, who has scored three goals and assisted ten times in the Championship this season so far despite making just 11 starts (WhoScored), now looks certain to extend his stay in England beyond this month.
Bristol are chasing a Premier League dream and can’t risk letting a productive attacking player leave.
As quoted by The Daily Record, agent Hasan Cetinkaya said about a potential move: “No, it’s going to be difficult. Bristol want to keep him for their aims to move up. Then he has an option in his contract the club will use.
“Interest comes from big clubs and major leagues and clubs are looking to buy him now but Bristol has said no.
“That’s all I can say right now. But in the summer window, something big could happen to Niclas.”
Celtic need proven talent now
If Celtic aren’t able to land Eliasson this month then rather than wait around for his future at Bristol City being sorted out, the club needs to move onto new targets.
With nine-in-a-row up for grabs and summer European qualifiers to prepare for, we need to get ready-to-go players in the door now if Neil Lennon feels he has to strengthen certain areas.
With depth arguably need in central defence and competition ideally found for James Forrest, we can’t sit back and let the January window drift away from us with just days to go.
Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro are already in the door – who’s next?