Samir Memisevic should not give up hope of Celtic move as Groningen struggle

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic looks on prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic were reportedly keen to bring Groningen centre-back Samir Memisevic to Parkhead after impressing in the Eredivisie.

(L-R) Samir Memisevic of FC Groningen, Bjorn Johnsen of AZ during the Dutch Eredivisie match between FC Groningen and AZ Alkmaar at Hitachi Capital Mobility stadium on September 23, 2018...

A number of Celtic fans were thrilled to be linked with Samir Memisevic towards the end of the summer transfer window.

According to Oslobedenje, the Scottish Premiership champions were keen to sign the 6ft 1ins defender, who had impressed for FC Groningen during the last two seasons in the Eredivisie. And a number of supporters were impressed, which is understandable given how shaky Celtic had looked at the back in the early stages of the season.

 

Interestingly, the report added that Memisevic was open to joining Brendan Rodgers’ side. But, with time ticking down in the transfer window, Celtic signed another eastern European centre-back instead, landing long-time target Filip Benkovic on loan from Leicester City.

It is perhaps no mystery why Memisevic was allegedly keen to leave Groningen for Celtic. Brendan Rodgers’ side might be having a somewhat difficult campaign but that is nothing compared to the struggles of Groningen.

(L-R) Samir Memisevic of FC Groningen,  Fabian Serrarens of De Graafschap  during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between De Graafschap v FC Groningen at the De Vijverberg on August 25, 2018...

They are second from bottom in the Eredivisie, having won just one of their eight league games so far. Memisevic has started every one of those but has been far from his best, with Groningen conceding on 15 occasions.

With Dedryck Boyata expected to leave next year, and Benkovic potentially returning to Leicester in January, Memisevic should not give up hope of a dream move to Britain.

(L-R) Samir Memisevic of FC Groningen, Daley Blind of Ajax, Jeff Chabot of FC Groningen during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between Ajax v FC Groningen at the Johan Cruijff Arena on...

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