Ridiculous Celtic transfer rumour recently emerged in Spain; time to put it to bed

By David Walton

November 9, 2021

Celtic have unsurprisingly been linked with a move for Spartak Moscow striker Jordan Larsson amid speculations over his long-term future in Russia.

Links have recently emerged in Spain that include the likes of Celtic, Borussia Dortmund, and West Ham United as being interested in the player. Mundo Deportivo reports that Moscow want to sell him in January due to his scoring drought.

Larsson hasn’t scored a single goal in the Russian Premier League all season. Indeed, the son of Celtic icon Henrik only has 1 goal to his name this term. That came against Leicester City in the Europa League. That’s come as a bit of a surprise considering he bagged 15 goals in 30 appearances last term [Transfermarkt].

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It’s been stated in the report last week that Spartak would now accept €10m for the player [£8.5m]. However, even that would likely be too big an outlay for Celtic to splash out. Especially considering there are other areas of the squad that will take priority.

Larsson has in the past stated that it would be a dream to join Celtic at some stage in the future. But the truth is his stock is still above Scottish football. He’ll likely be eyeing up a big move if he’s to leave Russia.

The player’s contract runs until the summer of 2023. However, with interest from the likes of the EPL and the Bundesliga, a move to Celtic looks like fantasy stuff.

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Nothing to suggest Ange and Celtic are moving to sign Jordan Larsson

The truth is that Celtic still can’t afford whatever Larsson is now being valued. The Hoops won’t be spending anywhere near £8.5m for a striker in January, and even that is likely at the low end of what Spartak are expecting.

And it’s not as if there’s anything to suggest Celtic are prepping a move for Larsson Jr either. We can’t just assume he’s going to be a key target for Ange just because of his name.

All of this just seems too fanciful. The player will have plenty of big-league offers on the table based on his progress in Russia. And that’s even if he wants to leave himself.

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Celtic have been linked with the likes of Daizen Maeda in January [The Times]. That seems more like the level and category of player the club will try to move for. Not players who were being linked with the club way before Ange even arrived in the door.

It’s going to be a big January for Celtic as they look to gear up for a title tilt. Their recruitment needs to be spot on.

Larsson to Celtic may very well happen one day, but it isn’t anytime soon.

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