Kevin Nisbet to Celtic latest: 3 more teams start to show interest

By John McGinley

July 4, 2021

It appears Celtic will have to move quickly to land Kevin Nisbet this summer, with three other teams now showing interest in the player.

The Daily Record reports that Russian duo Spartak Moscow and Krasnodar are keen on the striker, as well as Rangers.

Russian scouts have been watching Nisbet’s Scotland exploits and they are now monitoring his Hibs situation.

Steven Gerrard meanwhile is keen, say the paper, though they would have to sell a forward before buying one in.

It leaves Celtic’s interest in a precarious position. The Record reckon it will take a fee well in excess of the £2m rejected for him in January if Hibs are to do business.

The Bhoys’ links to Nisbet have been circulating for some time and intensified last week via a report from The Scottish Daily Mail’s Stephen McGowan.

It’s said he is one of the options presented to Ange Postecoglou this summer, though the manager has yet to take a definitive stance on whether the Bhoys should pursue.

The 24-year-old would be an exciting addition to the squad. He netted 18 goals last season including efforts against Celtic and Rangers. The striker also created eight assists. [Transfermarkt]

Kevin Nisbet celebrates scoring against Celtic last season / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic could be in need of striking options this summer. Leigh Griffiths has signed a one-year deal but there are no guarantees he’ll be at the level required. Odsonne Edouard is potentially on his way out, while Albian Ajeti has a lot to prove too.

Bringing in Nisbet for a fee below £5m would be good business in my view.

However, can we progress a deal quickly enough to stave off the competition? That’s the big question.

In other news, Kenny Dalglish urges Celtic transfer patience.