Zenit's reported Rogic interest could give Celtic a golden chance to sign Sardar Azmoun

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic celebrates winning the Scottish Cup at the final whistle during the Scottish Cup Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on May 25,...

Russian Premier League winner Sardar Azmoun has been linked with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic since 2017.

Sardar Azmoun of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg celebrates his goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and Fenerbahce SK on February 21,...

Celtic might just have been handed the best chance they will ever get to finally bring Sardar Azmoun to Glasgow.

The Mirror (22 April, page 48) reported last year that The Hoops were eyeing an ambitious swoop for a player who’s ‘Iranian Messi’ moniker has followed him around for as long as memory will allow. That came approximately 12 months after Celtic first expressed their interest in Azmoun, who’s £10 million price-tag would have made him the Premiership champions’ all-time record signing.

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But if this long-awaited switch is ever going to happen, it’s now.

According to The Herald, Zenit St Petersburg are planning a £9 million bid for Celtic’s enigmatic midfielder Tom Rogic. The Russian champions will have to do a lot better than that however, with Celtic demanding closer to £15 million for the former Central Coast Mariners starlet.

Offering Azmoun as part of the deal, however, might be enough to twist Celtic’s arm.

Tom Rogic of Australia after the International Friendly match between the Australian Socceroos and Korea Republic at Suncorp Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

The 24-year-old enjoyed the best season of his career after swapping Rubin Kazan for Zenit, netting 17 times in all competitions including three in four Europa League matches.

A clinical finisher with a fearsome leap, Azmoun looks every inch the natural-born goalscorer Celtic have needed since Moussa Dembele left for Lyon. If Zenit are willing to offer Azmoun for Rogic, the Hoops might just have to bite their hands off.

Sardar Azmoun of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg celebrates his goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 First Leg match between Villarreal CF and FC Zenit St. Petersburg at the Saint...

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