Rosenborg manager confirms intention to keep Pal Andre Helland amid Celtic speculation

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Rosenborg intend to keep Pal Andre Helland, according to their manager Kare Ingebrigtsen.

Rosenborg manager Kare Ingebrigtsen has told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet that he does not want to sell reported Celtic target Pal Andre Helland.

Helland, 25, joined Rosenborg from Hodd in 2013, and has become one of the most dangerous players in Norwegian football in the process.

With 22 goals in all competitions in 2015, Helland has become a star for Rosenborg, and has now become a Norwegian international ahead of next summer's European Championships in France.

His exploits in front of goal have now seemingly attracted interest, with Adressa reporting that Celtic have sent scouts to watch Helland in action ahead of a possible January bid.

However, Rosenborg manager Ingebrigtsen has now told Dagbladet that whilst he understands why clubs are looking to sign Helland, he has no intention of selling the winger - and has even advised the player to stay and play first team football with Rosenborg rather than leave before the European Championships.

"It is quite natural when we are doing well and coming into the Europa League," said Ingebrigtsen. "We do not want to sell, but it is also about having a national team that does well. Many players have the desire to play in the European Championships next year. He should get a place in the squad, and it is best to be playing for Rosenborg," he added.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila may well be familiar with his compatriot Helland having managed Stromsgodset before his move to Scotland, but the last time he signed a fellow Norwegian - Jo Inge Berget - the move didn't work out.

That may be why Celtic are willing to do more due diligence in their reported pursuit of Helland, but it seems that Rosenborg will be stubborn with any club who tries to sign their top player.

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