Former player claims Celtic want to sign Rosenborg's Birger Meling

A general view of  Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic need to sign a left-back to replace Kieran Tierney so how about Norway international Birger Meling?

James Forrest of Celtic is challenged by Birger Meling of Rosenborg BK  during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park on September 20, 2018 in...

Celtic are interested in solving their left-back problem by signing Birger Meling from Rosenborg. At least, that is what former Norway footballer Jesper Mathisen has told TV2.

It is no secret that the Hoops need reinforcements on the flank, although it is fair to say replacing Kieran Tierney is easier said than done.

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Celtic need a left-back who is not only defensively sound and technically gifted but also a reliable source of assists and a thrilling attacking outlet. Tierney's replacement, then, has very big boots to fill.

 

But maybe Meling is the man for the job. A proven winner at the age of 24, Meling has lifted two Norwegian league titles with Rosenborg and he even scored a goal against Celtic in a Champions League qualifier in 2018.

And, speaking to TV2, defender turned pundit Mathisen has claimed that the one-time Middlesbrough youngster is on the radar of the Scottish Premiership champions.

Joshua King, Bjorn Maars Johnsen, Birger Meling of Norway celebrate goal during International Friendly between Norway v Panama at Ullevaal Stadion on June 6, 2018 in Oslo, Norway.

“Meling has been hunted a bit by Celtic. They sold their left back to Arsenal, so they have a hole there. Meling is a player they know well because Celtic has played against Rosenborg a couple of times,” Mathisen said.

Attack-minded and technically gifted, Meling is an excellent passer of the ball who is more than comfortable marauding forward and providing goals and assists in the final third. Remind you of anyone?

There are certainly worse options out there and, at 24, Meling is far from the finished article with plenty of potential for Neil Lennon to get his teeth into.

James Forrest of Celtic is challenges Birger Meling of Rosenborg BK during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park on September 20, 2018 in Glasgow,...

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