Report: Celtic keen on £1.5m Swedish winger; he tortured Bhoys in Europa League

By John McGinley

December 31, 2020

Celtic are watching the situation of David Moberg Karlsson closely, according to Czech outlet iSport.

The report states that the Scottish champions are showing interest in the Swedish winger, who plays with this year’s UEFA Europa League foes Sparta Prague.

The three-cap international assisted two of Sparta’s eight goals against the Bhoys in the group stages, apparently alerting Neil Lennon and the recruitment team to his talents.

He could be available for as little as £1.5m, say iSport, with director Tomas Rosicky unlikely to stand in the way of a big club who comes in for his services in January.

Moberg Karlsson’s contract doesn’t expire until 2022, meaning the Czech side have a bit of leverage in any upcoming negotiations.

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Swedish sides are also said to be keen on the attacker.

Celtic need a winger

Celtic’s reported interest from abroad is interesting.

Lennon does need an extra winger next month to compete with James Forrest, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Mikey Johnston.

The Bhoys boss has been utilising a narrow diamond in recent weeks.

However, having extra attacking width would add versatility and depth to a squad that is hopefully chasing a title in the second half of the season.

Moberg Karlsson has had spells at Gothenburg, Norrkoping and Sunderland in the past.

He even has a Scottish connection, having spent a short time on loan at Kilmarnock back in 2014. He made four Scottish Premiership appearances.

David Moberg Karlsson in action against Celtic / (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Recruiting from a European side that trounced us twice isn’t the worst idea in the world, but it remains to be seen how serious Celtic’s interest really is.

Neil Lennon has already tempered expectations of big business being done in January.

In other news, the manager has provided an injury update on Celtic defender Christopher Jullien.