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Report: Celtic target Birger Meling has ambitions of move away from Rosenborg

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...

The Rosenborg defender looks to be keen on making a move away from the club, with Celtic said to be interested.

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 defensive target Birger Meling is open to a move away from Rosenborg, The Scottish Sun report.

The paper say that the Hoops see Meling as a 'serious option' when it comes to the left-back position, which urgently needs reinforcement.

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The need for a signing in the position was never more apparent than last night when Neil Lennon pulled Callum McGregor out of the midfield to fill in on the left flank in a defeat to CFR Cluj.

Apparently not feeling new left-back signing Boli Bolingoli is quite ready for big matches, Lennon's decision is being seen as a major error and a factor in the side being dumped out of the UEFA Champions League.

Celtic now need better options and Meling could well be the player they target after Kieran Tierney's exit.

The player himself is reported to be open to a move away from the Norwegian side.

 

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the 24-year-old said: "I have ambitions to try something different and hope to do that some day.

“Right now we have terribly important games and we all have full understanding of what the situation is.

“We will see if new opportunities emerge for me eventually, but the timing is difficult right now. I understand this."

Said to have a market value of £1.35 by Transfermarkt, he is an affordable and viable option for the Hoops to consider in the final few weeks of the Scottish transfer window.

Celtic's Scottish midfielder James Forrest (L) vies with Rosenborg's Norwegian defender Birger Meling during the UEFA Europa League group B football match between Celtic and Rosenborg at...

Meling has a history against Celtic of course, playing and impressing in four European qualifying matches against the Scottish champions when Brendan Rodgers was still in charge.

He opened the scoring for Rosenborg at Celtic Park in July of last year in an eventual 3-1 defeat for the visitors.

With experience of winning titles and trophies in his homeland, as well as winning ten caps with Kristoffer Ajer's Norwegian national team, he has a good profile for a club like Celtic.

As deadline day approaches, it'll be interesting to see if the Hoops follow up their reported interest with a firm offer, testing those ambitions that Meling speaks of.

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