Report: Celtic want Copenhagen's Thomas Delaney after scouting mission, English clubs keen

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Celtic reportedly want to beat English clubs to the signature of Copenhagen midfielder Thomas Delaney.

According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic are looking to sign Copenhagen midfielder Thomas Delaney this summer after scouting him last weekend.

The Bhoys strengthened their squad in January by signing Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts on an 18-month loan, as well as Feyenoord striker Colin Kazim-Richards, but the big signing was centre back Erik Sviatchenko from FC Midtjylland.

Sviatchenko has impressed so far, and now it seems that Celtic are keen to sign one of his Danish international team-mates in midfielder Thomas Delaney.

The Scottish Sun report that Celtic scouts watched Delaney in a friendly against Rosenborg, and are now keen to push ahead with a summer deal, with a hope that they can beat English clubs to his signature.

The 24-year-old, who has American and Irish heritage, has five caps for Denmark, and has also racked up well over 125 appearances for Copenhagen having come up through the ranks with the Danish giants.

It's stated that Delaney, who predominantly plays as a central or defensive midfielder, is seen as a potential replacement for Charlie Mulgrew, who could head to Blackburn or Bournemouth when his contract expires this summer.

However, Celtic fans may be somewhat confused. With Kristoffer Ajer set to join from IK Start over the summer, Celtic will have an abundance of midfielders even if Mulgrew does leave.

Ronny Deila will have Ajer, Nir Bitton, Scott Brown, Scott Allan, Stefan Johansen, Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic at his disposal, either in holding or attacking midfield roles - and should the Bhoys move for Delaney, some fans will again question whether Deila is focusing too much on a position where Celtic are already well-stocked.

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