Andraz Sporar certainly seems to be attracting some fresh attention, with Bristol City now reportedly in the mix for him.
According to the Bristol Post, Sporar has been “scouted extensively” by the Championship club, who have placed him on a list of centre-forward targets as they head into January.
The Bristol Post state that it isn’t clear whether City will make a formal approach for the player. Interestingly, the source feels that the “gravitas” of the other clubs in for him could go against them.
Celtic, of course, are right in the hunt for the Europa League’s second-top marksman. Neil Lennon commented on the Slovenian striker earlier this month (BBC). Dynamo Kyiv have also reportedly come into the running since then (Scottish Sun).
Yet don’t be surprised if there are plenty of other teams monitoring the forward. Sporar, after all, has struck five times in the Europa League this season.
Celtic shouldn’t be fearful of the linked competition
Anyone down south worrying about the size of Bristol City are correct to do so. They aren’t of the same stature as a Celtic, and especially for foreign talent, you would think Sporar would have his sights set on bigger things.
Of course, financing a deal likely wouldn’t be a problem for Bristol. If Kyiv launch the £3.5million bid they’re reported to be prepping (Scottish Sun), Bristol could surely match that with ease. They signed Han-Noah Massengo for a reported £7m in the summer (Bristol Post). Therefore, Bristol clearly have money to spend.
But Celtic represents a unique opportunity for Sporar. He may be the second top scorer in the Europa League, but his Slovan Bratislava side have been knocked out of the competition. Celtic would give him a platform in the latter stages of the tournament. The striker would be eligible to feature if he signed in January.
Celtic would also be able to hold that over Dynamo Kyiv too. The Ukrainian outfit were knocked out in the group stages of the competition, with Celtic’s last-32 opponents, Copenhagen, pipping them to second spot.
It’ll be interesting to see what other names enter the race for Sporar’s signature between now and the end of January. With 20 goals in 26 games this season, the striker simply won’t come cheap (Transfermarkt).
Fortunately, Celtic have the profile, fan-base, and European spot to our name. All of that combined would hopefully lead to Sporar choosing Parkhead as his next destination.