Are these the three Benfica players Celtic could sign?

Celtic have been scouting Portuguese giants Benfica.

Celtic have had scouts tracking Portuguese giants Benfica in recent weeks, O Jogo reports.

The Bhoys are already planning their January and summer transfer moves, and they clearly believe Portugal will be a happy hunting ground for potential signings.

With the knowledge that Ronny Deila has sent scouts to Benfica, we take a look at three players who Celtic could sign in the coming transfer window.

Eliseu - Left-back

A 32-year-old left-back, Eliseu could arrive as the fix for the troublesome position Deila has had to deal with this season. Emilio Izaguirre looks past his best, and Kieran Tierney is still too young to trust as a starting player. Eliseu has a wealth of experience, and 12 caps for Portugal, and would easily establish himself as a starting player. He is also old enough to not impact negatively on Tierney’s long-term development.

Adel Taarabt - Midfield

Taarabt was signed by Benfica over the summer, but he has still not played a single game for the Portuguese side. It is clear they do not want him, and he would be available for a cut-price fee in January, if Deila takes a punt on the playmaker. He is exceptionally talented, and could be the player who solves Celtic European woes, although he comes with baggage. Whether Deila would want to take a risk on a player with attitude and fitness issues remains to be seen, but there is no doubting the 26-year-old’s ability.

Konstantinos Mitroglou - Striker

Aside from Leigh Griffiths, scoring goals has been an issue for the Bhoys this term, with Nadir Ciftci not living up to his billing after arriving in the summer. Kostas Mitroglou could be the player to solve those issues, if Celtic could convince Fulham to cut short their loan agreement with Benfica and sell him to the Parkhead club. He has scored just three goals in 10 league games this season, and has not established himself at Benfica, but undoubtedly has enough talent to take the Scottish Premiership by storm. He is also a perfect lone forward, and would fit excellently into Deila’s 4-2-3-1 system.

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