Vienna director reacts as Celtic and Burnley reportedly target Boli Mbombo

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic looks on ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership giants Celtic are reportedly battling Premier League Burnley and Huddersfield Town for Rapid Vienna left-back Boli Mbombo.

Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo of SK Rapid Wien in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 First Leg match between SK Rapid Wien and FC Internazionale at Allianz Stadion on February 14,...

Rapid Vienna’s sporting director Zoran Barisic believes it is only a matter of time before the Austrian outfit receive bids for in-demand left-back Boli Mbombo with Celtic, Huddersfield Town and Burnley all linked so far, as reported by The Sun.

The cousin of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is expected to be plying his trade in a much more high-profile league next season with a number of British clubs interested in signing the 23-year-old left-back.

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The Mail claims that Celtic are interested and the Scottish Premiership champions would have to pay £3 million for a player who could potentially replace Kieran Tierney, or at least provide some much-needed competition for the academy graduate.

 

Burnley and Huddersfield are keen too, according to The Sun.

And Barisic is expecting the offers to roll in sooner rather than later.

"There have been enquiries for Boli but no offers so far. But we know there will be concrete offers soon,” he said, according to the Scottish Sun.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - March 17: Michael Blauensteiner of Hartberg and Boli Bolingoli  Mbombo of Rapid Wien during the tipico Bundesliga match between Rapid Wien and TSV Hartberg at Allianz...

At £3 million, Mbombo represents a risk for Celtic, especially with many of their recent signings struggling to make an impression in Glasgow. But, on paper, the jet-heeled youngster represents a better option at left-back than the departing veteran Emilio Izaguirre.

If he joins Burnley instead, he will be expected to replace the recently-released Stephen Ward while a move to Huddersfield would see Mbombo take Chris Lowe’s place after the German moved to Dynamo Dresden.

Chris Lowe of Huddersfield Town is put under pressure from Kieran Lee of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final 1st leg match between Huddersfield Town and...

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