Report: Celtic interested in Sampdoria's Bartosz Bereszynski; the man Legia infamously didn't register

By John McGinley

August 23, 2020

Celtic are showing interest in Sampdoria right-back Bartosz Bereszynski, Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX has reported this weekend.

The outlet believes that the Serie A side are willing to sell a number of their first-team stars this summer in an effort to raise funds.

Their priorities when it comes offloading talent are centred on the cash-rich Premier League, the report states, but Celtic’s name has popped up with regards to the 22-cap Poland international.

The paper say that Celtic have asked their scouts for reports on Bereszynski, alongside Southampton.

Reported Celtic target Bartosz Bereszynski / (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

It’s an interesting link considering Neil Lennon is pretty well stocked for right-backs at the moment.

We have the impressive Jeremie Frimpong holding down a place in the starting eleven, with Hatem Abd Elhamed available to rotate into the side.

However, Bereszynski is a regular in the Italian top-flight and that kind of experience could ensure he is a quality addition to the manager’s squad.

He made 28 league appearances last term, part of a 102 match total for Sampdoria in all competitions (Transfermarkt).

The defender also has extensive experience of football in his homeland, winning multiple league titles and national cups with Legia Warsaw.

Rather unbelievably, he is also the player at the centre of the controversy involving the Polish side and Celtic in Champions League qualifying back in 2014.

Reported Celtic target Bartosz Bereszynski / (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

He came on as a substitute at Murrayfield but because Legia had not registered him in the previous round, a suspension he picked up the season prior was still valid and as a result Celtic were awarded a 3-0 win and went through on away goals.

What an irony it would be to see him line up for the Bhoys after all that drama!

In other news, Celtic target Aaron Hickey has been given a Monday deadline by Bologna to decide his future.