Report: Former Celtic target Andraz Sporar on market after difficult Sporting Club spell

By Euan Davidson

May 28, 2021

Remember former Celtic target Andraz Sporar?

Of course you do. The club had meetings with his former club Slovan Bratislava in January 2020. For whatever reason, the Bhoys gave up on the Slovenian international, with Sporting Club de Portugal making a £5m move. Unfortunately for both parties, though, it hasn’t quite worked out.

In his first six months at Sporting, Sporar managed 7 goals in 18 outings for the recently-crowned Liga NOS champions. Not so bad, admittedly, especially for £5m. However, after managing just 3 in 13 in the first six months of 20-21, the Slovenian striker moved to Braga on loan, and missed out on his parent club securing their first league title in 19 years [Sporting].

Now, according to Portuguese outlet Record, Sporar has been placed on the transfer list. It’s quite the fall from grace for the former Basel and Arminia Biefeld striker, who was one of the hottest talents in Europe just over a year ago. So, should Celtic go back in for the misfiring Slovenian international?

Sporar, in happier times for Sporting Club / (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

All Celtic interest in Andraz Sporar is surely gone

Given his disappointing goal return in Liga NOS, it seems unlikely that Celtic would be falling over themselves to land Andraz Sporar. Especially when Record claim it would take €8m, roughly £6.8m, to secure his services. With Albian Ajeti costing just shy of that fee, and flattering to deceive, it seems the Celtic board are far more likely to play it safe.

After all, gambles on European club talent have gone slightly askew in recent years. The likes of Maryan Shved and Vakoun Bayo impressed scouts, but haven’t translated their form overseas to the Scottish Premiership. What seems apparent from Celtic’s recent transfer activity is that talent from England and Scotland seem to be the immediate priority.

You’d imagine that, Sporar’s price aside, turning down Celtic once already would put the famously proud board off. Equally, with reports linking the Bhoys to safer bets like Kevin Nisbet, it seems unlikely that Sporar’s difficult season and a half in Portugal have a club like ours queuing up with any sense of urgency.

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