Belgium scout and right-hand man to Roberto Martinez, Shaun Maloney, will reportedly be at Parkhead a week on Wednesday.
The former Celt will apparently be in Glasgow to run the rule over new Hoops signing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo. Maloney is now the new Head of Scouting with Belgium, and Mbombo is on the radar of the Red Devils (Daily Record).
The Record believes that Belgium want to have a good look at Celtic’s new man. The idea would apparently be to draft him in for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against San Marino and Scotland respectively.
Mbombo looks set to feature against Sarajevo too. Celtic will be submitting their squad to UEFA today for the first Champions League qualifier of the season (UEFA, page 42). Given that Mbombo was rushed through last night to complete the deal, it’s clear Celtic likely want him in the squad for the upcoming games against the Bosnian champions.
It perhaps shows just how well he performed in Austria over the last two years too. Belgium are currently the number one ranked nation in world football. Having an internationalist in their side is not to be sniffed that. Instantly, Mbombo’s stock will rocket if he manages a call-up.
Belgium scout Maloney will be welcomed back to Parkhead
It will be good to see Maloney back at Parkhead too. He was another to give his all for the club during his two spells in Glasgow. With a bit of luck, he’s impressed by Mbombo and the new man gets a call-up.
As it currently stands, Mbombo has never received a cap for Belgium. It would just make up an incredible period in his career if he could manage it. An impressive display a week on Wednesday would be ideal for him. But, he’ll have an incredible job on his hands trying to usurp the likes of Jan Vertonghen from his spot.
Mbombo likely won’t have his eyes set that high as of yet. Just getting into the squad would be an honour for him. And it looks like he’s finally going to get his chance to impress if Maloney does indeed come to Parkhead.
Belgium’s clash against San Marino is on September 6th, therefore the squad announcement you would expect would come in August. It will be interesting to see if our new Bhoy makes it.
For more information on Mbombo, you can read our interview with Austrian football expert Tim Armitage here.