Report: Celtic boosted as Slovan Bratislava 'close in' on potential Sporar replacement

By John McGinley

January 5, 2020

Celtic’s bid to land Andraz Sporar in the January transfer window appears to have been given a boost this morning, with The Scottish Sun reporting that Slovan Bratislava are ‘closing in’ on a potential striking replacement (05/01 live blog, 10:51).

The paper believe that that Sloavkian outfit are making a move for Slovenian Alen Ozbolt, who is currently with Bulgarian top-flight side Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

They say that could pave the way for Celtic to make significant progress on ongoing discussions regarding a move for Sporar, who has been in lethal form for Slovan this term.

It was reported by The Daily Record on Hogmanay that new talks were to take place in early January about a deal for Sporar, with initial negotiations having started last month.

The £5m-rated forward (Daily Record) would be a significant boost to Neil Lennon’s striking options, which are looking a little thin beyond the ever-impressive Odsonne Edouard.

The manager has already admitted that the reported interest in Sporar is genuine (BBC Scotland).

Sporar’s season so far

The 25-year-old striker has netted an impressive 20 goals already this season from just 25 appearances (Transfermarkt).

Perhaps most interestingly, seven of them have come in European competition, with five of those against Besiktas, Braga and Wolves in the Europa League group stage.

That record would suggest Sporar is operating at a level to our liking as Celtic fans. If he could come in and settle quickly, there’s no reason to think he couldn’t make an impact in Scottish football.

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

With three goals and two assists in his last eight caps for Slovenia too (Transfermarkt), he’s a man playing with confidence. That’s arguably what we need in the second half of the season.

Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Bayo have both struggled with fitness this season and even when they’ve played haven’t looked like providing the goal threat we’re looking for.

Sporar could be the striking boost we need to compete on three fronts over the coming months.