Neil Lennon’s Scottish Premiership champions Celtic reportedly want to sign Rosenborg left-back Birger Meling as Kieran Tierney’s successor.

Birger Meling made his stance clear two weeks ago.

Speaking to VG, the Rosenborg left-back suggested that his future depended on whether the Norwegian side would succeed in beating Dinamo Zagreb over two legs to seal their place in the Champions League group stages.

“It is clear that if we qualify for the Champions League, it will be terribly difficult to leave,” he said.

Celtic are crying out for a left-back and, according to the Scottish Sun, Meling is at the top of their wish list. A 24-year-old with ten caps for the Norwegian national team, Meling is exciting, attack-minded and looks every inch like Kieran Tierney’s successor.

He even scored against Celtic at Parkhead a year ago. Talk about acing your audition.

On Tuesday night, Rosenborg’s Champions League dreams came crashing down. A 3-1 aggregate defeat to their Croatian opposition means the Troll Children won’t have a seat at Europe’s top table this season.

So what does this mean for Meling? Celtic, thanks to that Cluj debacle, will be forced to settle for the Europa League for another 12 months. But their hopes of luring Meling away from his homeland have been handed a timely boost with just days until the transfer window slams shut.

Then again, they say it is the hope that kills you.

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