Birger Meling's comments don't look good for Celtic's hopes

Neil Lennon, head coach of CFR Cluj, in action during the game  during the UEFA Champions League 2019

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic reportedly want to sign Rosenborg left-back Birger Meling as Kieran Tierney's replacement.

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...

Rosenborg left-back Birger Meling insists that he is happy with life in Norway amid claims that Celtic have identified him to replace Kieran Tierney, speaking to VG.

Even before Celtic’s humiliating Champions League qualifying defeat to Cluj on Tuesday night, the Scottish Premiership champions were being linked with a move for a ten-time Norway international, thanks to The Sun.

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Meling, like Tierney, is an attack-minded full-back very much in the modern mould. He even scored against Celtic in a European clash in the summer of 2018.

 

But how does the 24-year-old feel about stepping into the £25 million man’s shoes at Parkhead? Well, Meling is at pains to point out that he’s loving life at Rosenborg and, interestingly, he suggests that the prospect of Champions League football will have a huge impact on his decision.

“When you play international matches, whether it's for Rosenborg or for Norway, you know that people are watching the matches,” he said. “They will tell you whether you are doing well or bad.

“Then you have to deal with things if a bid comes in, but so far I haven't heard anything. I take things very seriously. I enjoy Rosenborg.

"It is clear that if we qualify for the Champions League, it will be terribly difficult to go."

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.

While Celtic crashed and burned against Romanian minnows in front of their own supporters, Rosenborg battered Maribor of Slovenia 6-2 over two legs to seal their place in the final round of Champions League qualifying.

But The Troll Children face a daunting battle with Dinamo Zagreb for a place in the competition proper, meaning Celtic will be praying for a Croatian victory after 180 minutes.

If Rosenborg reach the Champions League, Operation Meling looks like it’s going to get a lot harder.

Rosenborg's Norwegian defender Birger Meling (C) vies with Celtic's Scottish midfielder Scott Brown (L) and Celtic's Swedish defender Mikael Lustig during the UEFA Europa League group B...

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