Birger Meling to Celtic may still happen, but it doesn’t look like it will be this week.
The Herald reported yesterday that Meling could be set to sign for Celtic before the AIK clash. That would’ve meant he would’ve missed out on the club’s Champions League shootout with Dinamo Zagreb.
But, according to a fresh report in the Daily Record today, the Norwegian has apparently been trying to dodge questions about a move to Celtic. There have apparently been no discussions between himself and the Hoops. That throws up the debate of whether an offer has even been put in.
The Record also states that Rosenborg want Meling to stay for their Champions League tie too. That would mean he wouldn’t be available to leave Norway until after next week.
Celtic would have to play matches against AIK (x2) and Hearts before being able to recruit Meling. It would be unlikely that Celtic threw him in at Ibrox for a debut too. Therefore, if Celtic are going to sign him, his first appearance may have to be after the international break.
A potential wait in store if Birger Meling to Celtic is to go ahead
The only concern we could potentially have here is if Rosenborg make the Champions League. How differently would Meling view his future in Norway?
This is where Celtic’s failure to reach the CL can really come back to bite us. Meling hasn’t been giving anything away, but it’s a real elephant in the room when it comes to any potential switch for him.
It looks next to impossible that we bring in a left-back before the AIK Stockholm tie. Therefore, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo will have to take the reigns once again in another opportunity for him to impress.
You would also fancy us to do the business against a depleted Hearts at Celtic Park this weekend too. So any potential late arrival for Meling may not prove too disastrous. The only concern would be that he wouldn’t be integrated into the side in time for the trip to face Steven Gerrard’s men.
We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out. But, at the end of the day, why would Rosenborg sell us their number one left-back just days before a crucial Champions League tie?
It would certainly be a head-scratcher. Therefore, it’s safe to say that any move for Meling surely won’t happen this week, despite the Herald’s piece.