Report: Celtic sent a scout to watch Birger Meling in action vs Dinamo Zagreb

By John McGinley

August 25, 2019

Celtic sent a scout to watch Rosenborg defender Birger Meling in action against Dinamo Zagreb last Wednesday, according to The Scottish Sun.

The paper say that the left-back continues to be on the Hoops’ radar as the club look for a replacement for Kieran Tierney, who was sold to Arsenal earlier this month.

Boli Bolingoli is beginning to settle into the position but even with improvement he needs competition and back-up.

Meling was in action against the Croatians in UEFA Champions League play-off action. The Norwegians lost 2-0 on the night ahead of a return leg at home this week.

Lennon went on the record earlier on Sunday suggesting the club will be looking to sign up quality players on Monday or Tuesday.

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Whether Meling fits in to those plans remains to be seen. However, it’s surely unlikely that Rosenborg would be keen on letting one of their first-team players leave between matches in a crucial European tie.

Meling, 24, has made over 100 appearances for his current club and has won ten caps with Norway. With 32 appearances in UEFA competition too, he has the kind of profile that makes Celtic’s apparent interest in him understandable.

Celtic are entering a crucial week on and off the pitch and need to start delivering on their long-term targets, with the transfer window closing on September 2nd.

Hopefully all the scouting has now been done and we can focus on negotiations.

There’s plenty of work to do before we can be entirely happy with our squad for the season.