Celtic’s scouting trip to Bristol City last week wasn’t specifically to do with links to Niclas Eliasson, Bristol Live has reported.
The Scottish Sun reported earlier this week that the Hoops were considering a move for Swedish winger Eliasson, who can play on either flank. They claimed that Eliasson was watched by Celtic chief scout Gary Penrice.
But whilst that appears to indeed have been the case, Eliasson may not have been the reason for the visit. Bristol Live believes that Celtic’s interest in the winger has cooled as they target a left-sided player before the window closes on October 5th.
They also reported that no concrete bids for Eliasson have come since Celtic approached the Championship side during the winter transfer window.
Eliasson has started the season in and out of the Bristol team so far. His two appearances this term have come in the EFL Cup against Northampton Town and Aston Villa respectively. He’s yet to feature in the Championship despite the Robins having played on three occasions.
Eliasson’s future up in the air
Eliasson can play on either side as mentioned, but he’s more naturally suited to the right side. Then again, given how efficient he is with both feet, there’s a versatility there that remains attractive.
However, that opens up the question of who Penrice was at Bristol to watch if not Eliasson. Was he simply taking in a game in his hometown? Penrice after all is from Bristol and started his career with Rovers.
Possibly, but we’re into the final few days of the transfer window. Is Neil Lennon really allowing his scouts some time off in the closing days of what’s our biggest transfer window yet in the chase for 10-in-a-row? It feels like a stretch.
When you look through the Bristol side, there is no real outstanding talent that catches your eye. It’s difficult to see who else we could’ve been scouting if not the Swedish winger.
There’s no overwhelming need for Celtic to strengthen in any area that isn’t left-back or left wing-back. That’s where the big gap in the side is at the moment, and it’s one that needs filled urgently.
However, Bristol Live’s report throws the Eliasson interest up in the air for now.