Slovenian report claims Andraz Sporar would prefer Sporting Lisbon over Celtic

By David Walton

January 9, 2020

Slovenian media outlet Slovenske Novice has stated that Andraz Sporar would prefer a move to Sporting Lisbon over Celtic.

Sporar has rattled home 20 goals this season for Slovan Bratislava in what’s becoming an impressive campaign for the Slovenian hitman (Transfermarkt).

Bratislava have warned the Hoops that we face missing out on the £7million striker if we don’t act fast after Sporting Lisbon and Al-Gharafa apparently tabled firm offers (Scottish Sun).

Andraz Sporar’s future remains up for debate (MB Media/Getty Images)

And, in a worrying report by Slovenian tabloid Slovenske Novice, they’ve stated that Sporar would rather make the move to Portugal over Scotland.

“Sporar’s view is more south-west than the north-west of rainy and windy Scotland. The green-and-white of Sporting Lisbon is ahead of the green-and-white of Celtic.

“It offers more money in addition to the weather and generally more attractive living conditions. However, whether it will be €5.5million or more, Sporar will in any case become the absolute Slovak record holder (for highest transfer fee).”

Sporar must make the right footballing decision

If Sporting do become our main rivals for Sporar, it’s important that the striker takes everything into consideration. There are no comments from the player himself confirming his preferred destination, but this report is a slight concern.

Sporar is attracting plenty of interest (Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

But we should also hold some aces over the Portuguese outfit in any potential deal. After all, with Sporting 4th in Portugal and 12 points off second-place, that means that Sporar’s participation in the Champions League next season would be highly unlikely.

If he decides to make the move to Glasgow, should Celtic make an official offer, then he has a better chance of reaching Europe’s premier club competition. Sure, we may have four qualifiers, but you would take that over trying to narrow a 12-point gap.

In addition to that, Celtic realistically have a better chance of progression in this season’s Europa League too. Istanbul Basaksehir will give Sporting a real challenge over two legs. Meanwhile, you would expect Celtic to see off Copenhagen and reach the last-16.

Neil Lennon is on the hunt for a new forward (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When it comes to making a decision on his future, the weather or the living conditions shouldn’t come into it. Scotland isn’t a third-world country, he’ll be treated extremely well if he manages to bag a move to Parkhead.

In any case, Celtic have yet to put in a formal offer for him as things stand. It remains to be seen whether this reported stance from the striker changes anything.