Report: Celtic scouts were watching Birger Meling on Tuesday

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...

Celtic continue their pursuit of Rosenborg defender Birger Meling.

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...

According to Aftenposten, Celtic scouted Rosenborg left back Birger Meling in action on Tuesday night, against Maribor.

The Bhoys endured a disastrous Tuesday night, losing 4-3 at home to CFR Cluj in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying clash, meaning they're now out of the competition.

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Neil Lennon is in desperate need of reinforcements before the transfer deadline, not only because of the need to qualify for the Europa League now, but also to fend off Rangers domestically.

 

Having sold Kieran Tierney to Arsenal last week, another left back will be needed, even after landing Boli Bolingoli from Rapid Vienna earlier this summer.

Rosenborg ace Meling has been linked this week, and reports in Norway now claim that Celtic actually watched Meling during Tuesday's Champions League tie with Maribor.

Celtic may have flopped against Cluj, but Rosenborg beat Maribor 3-1 this week, securing a 6-2 aggregate win, which may just complicate matters.

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

Meling may have a shot at Champions League football with Rosenborg, which won't be on offer at Celtic, so a move maybe won't be as straightforward as people hope.

Meling, 24, is a solid left back who is a little more defensively sound than Bolingoli, meaning he makes sense as a target – and whilst he's seemingly being watched intently by Celtic, a move is far from a foregone conclusion.

Birger Meling of Rosenborg,  during Norwegian Cup Menn,  Brattvag v Rosenborg on May 9, 2018 in Brattvag, Norway.

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