Heidenheim comment on future of reported Celtic target Niklas Dorsch

By Hamish Carton

January 3, 2020

Celtic have not yet made a move for reported transfer target Niklas Dorsch, according to his current employers Heidenheim.

Back in November, the Telegraph reported that midfielder Dorsch was a player Neil Lennon was looking at with January in mind. It was felt that the Bayern Munich man could help improve our options in the middle of the park and, at the age of just 21, had a lot of scope for improvement.

Things have been mainly quiet since then but the start of the January window seems to have forced the German side into a little bit of action.

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The Scottish Sun have some comments from Heidenheim chief executive Holger Sanwald this afternoon as he played down reports that one of his side’s star men was about to depart.

He said: “We’ve not had an approach from an agent, a club, nor the player himself about moving clubs.

“Niklas still has a contract with us for another one and a half years.

“He’s a special player with an enormous amount of potential, so of course there are a lot of clubs in Europe looking at him.”

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Celtic would surely have been in contact about Dorsch already

Of course, it’s impossible to know exactly who Celtic are and aren’t interested in this month. Between now and January 31st, we will be linked with tens of players – be it loans, permanent moves, freebies, young players or more experienced heads.

The genuine stories of interest should become clear relatively soon as you would hope the club are looking to get business done nice and early. We did that in the main last year and the new recruits were able to join their team-mates in Dubai for an important period of bonding.

The fact that we have not made any contact with Heidenheim over Dorsch yet would suggest that he’s not on our list this month.

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That then opens up the question over what central-midfielder is. We could definitely do with reinforcements in the position to take the strain off both Scott Brown and Callum McGregor who play virtually every week.

If not Dorsch, then who?