Club director's comments on Celtic target Andraz Sporar are worrying

By John McGinley

January 8, 2020

Celtic never seem to have a particularly smooth transfer window, at least in accordance with supporters’ expectations.

The recruitment that Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond did in the summer was very welcome, but it all seemed to come a bit late, especially when you take into account our Champions League ambitions.

The Scottish champions have been linked with a number of players over the last few weeks, with it becoming rapidly apparent that Lennon is on the hunt for a striker as a priority.

One of the strongest links has been to Slovan Bratislava forward Andraz Sporar, who has been in reports and confirmed by the manager as a target as far back as December.

However, there doesn’t seem to be any progress in securing a deal, with the Slovakian club releasing a statement this week perplexed by Celtic’s stance.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, club director Ivan Kmotrik said: “On December 23, there was a meeting between SK Slovan Bratislava and Celtic FC in the presence of Sporar’s player agent.

“We discussed with Celtic the possibilities for a potential transfer. Celtic responded that they would send an official proposal. But they didn’t make any more calls and didn’t send any proposal after our meeting.

“We’re a bit surprised and we don’t know now what is the situation with Celtic’s interest in Sporar. In the meantime, we have received offers from several clubs.”

The report states that sides such as Sporting Lisbon and Qatar outfit Al-Gharafa are now keen, putting at risk Celtic’s ability to land what appeared to be a wanted player.

Is complacency setting in again?

If Celtic have shown so much interest that they’ve travelled for negotiations and notified the club that bid is on its way, why is the deal not done yet?

Presumably, the staff at Lennoxtown did a power of scouting prior to it getting to this stage, so clearly the player is recommended.

Reported Celtic target Andraz Sporar / (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

There’s a chance there is a very good reason we’re not privy to, but there’s not been much communication on the issue for me it’s a rather worrying sign that the club are again dilly-dallying when there’s really no need to.

As we’ve argued previously, Sporar looks the real when it comes being the kind of penalty box striker we need.

The club need to deliver Lennon’s targets to him in a timely manner.

I don’t want to paint too grim a picture here. I’m actually happy with the direction of the club this season despite a couple of significant on-pitch setbacks. I still have faith that the club will bring in quality to help our nine-in-a-row bid.

Hopefully, we hear a lot more substantial news about incoming players over the next week.