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Vidar Riseth suggests Birger Meling too good for Celtic

25 Mar 2000:  Vidar Riseth of Glasgow Celtic is tackled by Rod Wallace of Glasgow Rangers during the Scottish Premier Division match at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland.  Glasgow Rangers...

Celtic are heavily linked with a move for the Norway international.

Birger Meling  of Norway during the UEFA Nations League C group three match between Bulgaria and Norway at Vasil Levski National Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Vidar Riseth has admitted to The Glasgow Evening Times that he's surprised Celtic have a chance to sign Birger Meling.

The same publication reported this past weekend that the Hoops were close to getting the Rosenborg left-back.

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Meling has 10 caps for his country and has been with Rosenborg with 2017.

And his compatriot Riseth, who spent two years at Celtic, has conceded that he's surprising Parkhead is even a possibility for a player who he believes is good enough for the Premier League.

 

He told The GET: "“He has been Rosenborg’s best player in the last two seasons. It isn’t just Celtic who are interested in Meling, many clubs are keeping an eye on him.

"He could end up at a top English or German club in future. To be honest, I am surprised that Celtic have a chance to sign him.”

Riseth touched on the possibility of other clubs being in the reckoning.

But despite suggesting that Meling might be too good for Celtic, the former defender says that the Bhoys' history of signing Norwegian players - like Stefan Johasen and Kristoffer Ajer - might give Neil Lennon the edge when it comes to pipping other sides to his signature.

Celtic Manager Neil Lennon arrives at the stadium prior to the Betfred League Cup match between Celtic and Dunfermline Athletic at Celtic Park on August 17, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

He added: "Norwegian people like Celtic. Ajer is obviously there now and is doing well. Johansen has been there previously. They know Lustig did well there too. They just like the club for some reason.

“That is why Celtic have the best chance to beat the other clubs who are interested in signing Meling – because Norwegian football players know them and like them.”

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...

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