As Celtic approach the January transfer window, the club are likely to be linked with a number of talents in Britain, Europe and further afield.
Neil Lennon has a strong squad at his disposal but there’s always room for improvement. We also have the kind of resources that allows us to add real quality to the squad. That could prove crucial as we prepare for a trophy chase in the second half of the season.
One name linked with a potential move to Celtic Park recently is Niklas Dorsch.
The Telegraph reported on Saturday that he is a January transfer target and has a €3.2m (£2.74m) release clause in his contract, which Celtic do not see as a barrier blocking a potential switch.
Still just 21, the Bayern Munich academy graduate showed off his skills over the weekend for German second-tier side Heidenheim, producing a dominating performance in a 4-0 win over Hannover 96.
Heidenheim didn’t appear to be in danger of losing the home encounter from the off against Hanover, scoring within three minutes before adding another shortly after the break.
With Hannover then having a man sent off, Dorsch’s team would go on to add another two. It’s a victory that keeps them in the hunt for promotion to the Bundesliga.
The German U21 international looked to be the dominating force in midfield.
As shown by stats from WhoScored.com, Dorsch had 88 touches throughout the match, far more than anyone else in his team. His pass success rate of 90% suggests he was rarely wasteful with that possession.
Also completing two dribbles and a key pass, as well as having a shot on goal, he made his presence felt going forward. Defensively he was robust too, winning all four of his attempted tackles, making two interceptions and a clearance.
The all-rounder didn’t chip in with any goals or assists, but nonetheless proved to be one of the most vital cogs in his team’s performance.
Dorsch has played in the German U21 side’s last four matches (Transfermarkt), so clearly his form for Heidenheim is catching more than Celtic’s eye.
Given the reported release fee in his contract and his apparent potential, he’s definitely a name that’s interesting and exciting ahead of the January window.
If The Telegraph’s reported interest is true Celtic will, of course, do plenty in-depth research on the player before deciding to make a move or not.
However, initial signs certainly suggest he’s worth keeping an eye on.