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.
Rosenborg out last night so get Meling deal done @CelticFC— Davie Sawden (@Dsawden82) August 28, 2019
If Celtic had any ambition they'd go out and get Meling in from Rosenborg. They're knocked out of the CL now so a deal could be done.— (@rebelcountybhoy) August 28, 2019
Glad Rosenborg went into the Europa as it has to increase his availability and affordability... if we’re interested— TeeMack (@mishtakeshurely) August 28, 2019
He was terrific.— Drew Peacock (@DroooPeacock) August 28, 2019
Probs their best player on the night.
I fully expect Birger Meling to wake me up tomorrow morning with the hoops on his back and telling me he knows the city— Wizard of Oz (@Wizardo68289802) August 27, 2019
Right Celtic ,Rosenberg are out ,Get Meling signed pull all the stops out on this one— minsky58 (@minsky58) August 27, 2019
That’s Rosenborg out the champions league so there’s absolutely no reason we shouldn’t be signing Meling now— Oran (@oranstorrie99) August 27, 2019
BIRGER MELING - GO GET HIM CELTIC...NO IFS ..NO BUTS..NO VOTES ON IT ...GET HIM !!! pic.twitter.com/lB9op2Vr0q— LARGS BRIGADE (@LARGS_BRIGADE) August 27, 2019
Meling has had another impressive game at the highest of levels tonight if we are going to sign him it’s got to be done now .... if a deal is not done already to bring him to CP then we can forget it once other clubs offer more in way of a fee & wages.— GGW (@glasgowsgreenw) August 27, 2019
Chance for Meling now...... Rosenborg heading out.— Celtic Family (@CelticFamily67) August 27, 2019
Lawwell will be doing knee slides right now knowing he can get Meling cheaper as they’ve been papped out the Champions League— John (@19jhodgkiss) August 27, 2019
That's Meling available then.— John Sludden (@FACT290) August 27, 2019
MELING’S COMING HOME— Jamie (@Jamie67_) August 27, 2019
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