Dutch report: Celtic-linked winger Noa Lang to stay with Ajax this season
Celtic-linked Noa Lang is to stay with Ajax this season amid speculation of a loan move this summer, Dutch outlet RTV Oost has reported.
The Hoops were linked with a potential move for the winger as recently as two weeks ago. Goal journalist Ronan Murphy tweeted that Celtic were looking for a loan deal for the youngster with an option to buy. His fee, according to Murphy, was around the €7million mark (6.3m).
However, RTV Oost believes that Ajax have informed FC Twente, where he was on loan last season, that he won’t be leaving Amsterdam this season.
Lang made a fine breakthrough last season for the Ajax senior side, making three appearances for them in the Champions League. Yet despite only making 13 appearances in total for Ajax, Lang has managed four goals and one assist (Transfermarkt).
And it looks as though, despite the initial reported loan interest from Parkhead, the left-winger won’t be going anywhere this season.
Lang could play on both flanks – but a natural right-winger is key
Lang wasn’t just an attractive proposition because he had impressed so early on into his Ajax career. He was also an interesting commodity because he can play down both flanks. He’s also played as a false nine in the past.
However, naturally, he’s more suited to the left side, and featured there predominantly during his loan stint with FC Twente during the second half of last season.
Celtic aren’t in desperate need of a left-winger. With Mikey Johnston hoping to return sooner rather than later, Mohamed Elyounoussi will finally have someone to properly push him.
It’s down the right where Celtic have a real issue. James Forrest has nobody to challenge him, and whilst Lang has played there in the past, we could ideally do with a player who has more experience in the position or is a natural right-winger.
Ajax’s apparently firm stance on Lang’s future shouldn’t be too much of a blow to Celtic’s plans. There were no reports since the initial interest that the club was moving forward on bringing him to Glasgow.
But with Ajax informing FC Twente that he’ll be going nowhere this summer, we can almost definitely put a cross through his name.
In other news, an Italian report has claimed that Roma are set to contact Celtic at some stage today involving the future of one of our players.