Report: Celtic meet with Slovan Bratislava official over potential Sporar transfer

By Hamish Carton

December 23, 2019

Celtic have reportedly met with Slovan Bratislava general manager Ivan Kmotrik in Vienna to discuss a potential move for forward Andraz Sporar.

Slovakian outlet Sport24 say that Kmotrik jetted off to the Austrian capital today to speak with “Celtic representatives”. They say: “The reason for the meeting is clear to every football fan: The future of Andraz Sporar.”

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Not a great deal else is known about the meeting but the media outlet also say that they had Kmotrik on their channel prior to his flight. The Bratislava official is said to have been on Sport24 at 9am before “hurrying” to Vienna.

While on-air, he said: “There are many people interested in Andraz. Celtic are the most aggressive yet. We have a meeting with the club’s representatives right now.

“We’ll see what happens, nothing is clear. We will not sell cheaply and we will not release him for two or three million.”

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Lennon confirmed an interest in Sporar

Given that Kmotrik was actually on the Slovakian station in person, before heading off to Austria, it seems pretty certain that the report can be taken at face value. Of course, there is always the chance that he’s just trying to drum up some interest in the in-from striker. However, it seems like Celtic are pretty keen even if that is the case.

On Friday, Hoops boss Neil Lennon confirmed that Sporar was “an option” while denying that any bid had been made.

He told the Scottish Sun: “We haven’t made a bid. We are looking at options going forward but there’s been no bid from us.

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“He is an option and one of a number we are looking at.”

Sporar has been in scintillating form for the Slovakian runaway leaders so far this term. He registered seven goals in 14 European matches this season, including against Wolves, Braga and Besiktas.

He’s also scored 12 in 11 league games after netting 29 in 30 last season. If he is genuinely of interest to us this January, then many Celtic fans will be very excited indeed. Time will only tell if anything comes of today’s Vienna chat.