Manager of reported Celtic target Niclas Eliasson, Lee Johnson, has commented on potential bids for some of his high performing players, naming the attacker as an example, Bristol Live report.
As we’ve discussed earlier this week, The Sunday Mail (26/01 print edition, back page) reported that Eliasson was firmly on Celtic’s radar heading into the final working week of the transfer window.
The paper said that we’ve already had him scouted and were considering making a move for the player before Friday’s deadline.
Now his manager admits that the focus of the club is on player trading in order to progress and improve.
As quoted by Bristol Live, Johnson said: “We’re trying to move towards this sustainable football club, and the [player] trading is part of it.
“You’ve got to expect the young players – Massengo, Brownhill, Eliasson – particularly if they’re playing and performing to have major interest, because of course the club’s looking at players under 24 because they’re affordable, accessible and available.
“I suppose that one thing that we have done as a football club is that we’ve traded over the last four years. So people will look at Bristol City and say that is a club that trades – and maybe looks to deals.
“I can’t go into any specifics but it wouldn’t surprise me if we get offers in the next three or four days for our players”
Eliasson’s season so far
The 24-year-old has had to split his time between the bench and the starting eleven this season but that’s not blunted his attacking abilities.
Despite making just 11 starts in the Championship term he’s scored three goals and assisted an impressive 11 times (WhoScored).
That’s the kind of creativity Celtic could do with in the second half of the season as competition for James Forrest on the right flank and others on the left.
Forrest went on a scoring tear at the start of the season but has netted just once since the end of November.
Perhaps crucially, Eliasson is capable of playing on both wings, giving him a versatility that makes him an attractive January options.
Can we test the Robins’ resolved with a late January bid? We don’t have long to do so if our interest is as strong as reported.