Celtic scouts reportedly failed to notice Erling Haaland in Ireland

By Connor Gordon

February 19, 2020

Celtic passed up the chance to sign a young Erling Haaland while he was at Molde.

The Scottish champions had scouts in Ireland watching the Norwegian international in 2018. [Aftenposten]

Molde were up against Glenavon in the Europa League where they were beaten by the Irish outfit.

Haaland later signed for Red Bull Salzburg before joining German giants Borussia Dortmund.

How Celtic failed to notice Erling Haaland

Haaland can safely be put into an extending list of ones who got away from Celtic.

Erling Braut Haaland as a fresh faced teen at Molde. (Photo by Trond Tandberg/Getty Images)

Hoops employees went across the water to Ireland to watch Molde take on Glenavon while Haaland, 17, was playing.

However, the scoreline may have been off-putting for the Celtic scouts as Molde were beaten 2-1.

Haaland also failed to get on the scoresheet during the surprise scalp by Glenavon.

Perhaps he was one crossed off the list and written off before he really got a chance to impress.

A tweet from a Norwegian football analyst dating back to 2016, though, also reported Celtic’s interest in Haaland at that time.

Erik Haaland playing for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

If The Bhoys indeed had misjudged the Leeds born striker for over two years, then it’s an even bigger embarrassment.

Let’s also not forget Haaland also played against Hibs in a Europa League qualifier under the radar.

Norwegian could have gone elsewhere

Celtic not noticing Haaland may be slightly upsetting, but his former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær not signing him for Manchester United team is unforgivable.

Instead, Haaland joined Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg last January for £4.5 million. [FootballScotland]

Erling Haaland playing against Liverpool for Red Bull Salzburg. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The Norwegian tore the league up before being snapped up by Borussia Dortmund in January for £17 million. [Daily Mail]

Haaland has continued to come on leaps and bounds with the Bundesliga giants, scoring two goals in last night’s Champions League win against PSG.

He could also be lining up against Scotland depending on results for the Euro play-offs.

It’s just the Tartan Army’s luck that in arguably their best chance to qualify for something in years, Norway have perhaps got the most sought after young striker in their ranks.

Haaland is scoring for fun at 19-years-old now, heavens knows what he will be doing at 26 – it’s frightening.