Report: Andraz Sporar would be allowed to sign for Celtic in January

By John McGinley

December 15, 2019

Celtic transfer target Andraz Sporar will be allowed to leave Slovan Bratislava if a big club like the Hoops come calling, The Daily Record report.

It was reported earlier this weekend, by The Daily Mail, that the Hoops had scouted the player in action against Braga in the Europa League on Thursday night and that he’s rated as worth around £5m.

Now, this latest update from The Record suggests he will be available if big sides come calling, with Slovan chairman Ivan Kmotric resigned to the fact he is on his way out of the club if the deal is right for all parties.

It’s said that Celtic have already registered interest with the player’s representatives, with the player on Neil Lennon’s wanted list and the club looking to strengthen in January.

However, it’s also suggested that teams from England, Spain, France, Germany and Italy are all on the hunt for his signature after his exceptional, red hot scoring form this season.

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How good has he been?

Sporar has been a massive part of Slovan Bratislava’s progress domestically and Europe this season.

The Slovakians finished third in their Europa League group after coming through qualifying, with the 25-year-old scoring five goals in six group stage games, netting against Besiktas, Wolves and Braga.

He’s also scored 12 goals in 11 league games, propelling Slovan to the top of the Slovakian league table.

His direct goal contribution tally for the season so far stands at 20 goals and five assists in 26 appearances (Transfermarkt). It’s clear he’s a striker at the top of his game right now.

It doesn’t appear to be fleeting form either, with the player netting 34 goals in 36 appearances last term, including five in Europe (Transfermarkt).

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Where would he fit in at Celtic?

Although Odsonne Edouard continues to show he’s an exceptional talent at home and abroad for us, it’s rapidly become clear he needs more reliable back-up and support in attack.

Leigh Griffiths has recently made a comeback but there are no guarantees he will have the fitness required in the second half of the season. The same could be said of Vakoun Bayo.

Sporar looks to be a player that can come in and immediately add quality to our attack, providing Neil Lennon with much greater depth in the final third.

At the reported £5m he’s very affordable and apparently has the ability to regularly score for us. If the deal is there to be made, we shouldn’t be wasting any time on this one.