Some Celtic fans may recall the name Mark Diemers from earlier on this season. The Dutch midfielder, who plays for Eredivisie strugglers Fortuna Sittard, was said to be interesting Neil Lennon in the summer.
Away back in May, Dutch outlet Voetbal International credited us with a key interest in the 26-year-old along with a number of other European clubs.
No move ever came to pass as Lennon instead chose to go after the likes of Luca Connell and David Turnbull, with the latter’s deal falling through at the last minute.
Diemers stayed put at Sittard where he become one of their most reliable players. In fact, the 26-year-old hasn’t missed a minute of competitive football all season – netting six goals and four assists in his 18 Eredivisie match (transfermarkt.co.uk). Hopefully Celtic are still watching.
Diemers could add a lot to the Celtic midfield
Having seen some clips of Diemers in action, the best comparison we can pay him is with former Celt Stefan Johansen. The Norwegian’s defined role was playmaker but he was more of a rugged player who wouldn’t shirk the responsibility of chasing down the ball or putting in a heavy challenge.
Diemers enjoys the same workaholic qualities although he does arguably have better quality in an attacking sense. The fact that he has been indispensable as an attacking-mid for a team near the bottom of the league just shows the value he brings to his side.
You could argue that we don’t exactly need a number ten at present. We have Ryan Christie, Tom Rogic and Olivier Ntcham on our books after all, while Ewan Henderson is out on loan at Ross County. But Diemers’ ability to play a little deeper could prove to be invaluable in the second half of the season.
His ever-present status proves he can put up with the rigours of our non-stop season too. He seems to be ticking a lot of boxes. Time will tell if the club take note and pounce.