Celtic sent a scout to watch Olympiacos right-back Omar Elabdellaoui while he was in action for the Norwegian national team on Tuesday, according to a report.
The Daily Mail reported at the weekend that the Hoops and English side Burnley were keen to see the 27-year-old in action as his national team played an important qualifier in Romania. Elabdellaoui played the entire game in Bucharest as the visitors, including Kristoffer Ajer, scrambled a late draw.
The right-back is out of contract in the summer meaning that Celtic could agree a pre-contract deal as early as January. However, we’re likely to face some competition for his signature with the likes of Aston Villa and Leicester City also reported to be interested by the Mail.
There could be room for Elabdellaoui at Celtic
The player had been rumoured as a potential target to fill our vacant right-back slot in the summer. However, the trail went a little cold on Elabdellaoui once his Olympiacos side secured qualification for the Champions League.
Our acquisition of three right-backs during the summer rendered chat about the Norwegian pointless but now it seems like speculation could be ramped up again.
We do have three pretty decent right-backs at the club at the moment although there are some questions over all three. Hatem Abd Elhamed is our first-choice player in the position but there is a growing feeling that he may be suited best at centre-back. That’s where he plays for his country and a lot of his previous club sides.
Moritz Bauer has looked decent enough during his early months in Glasgow but he’s only on loan at present. Although there is a reported option for us to make his move permanent at the end of the season many reckon that we won’t exercise that option.
Finally, Jeremy Frimpong looks a real talent but he’s still a teenager and a bit away from being a first-team regular. That means that, despite having three right-backs on our books, there could be a space for Elabdellaoui after all.