'Ridiculously underrated': Reported Celtic target produces his 12th assist of the season

A general view of  Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic are reportedly hoping to raid Bristol City for the Championship top assist-maker Niclas Eliasson.

Niclas Eliasson of Bristol City during the FA Cup Third Round match between Bristol City and Shrewsbury Town at Ashton Gate on January 4, 2020 in Bristol, England.

As long as Nicolas Eliasson continues to provide deliveries of such devastating precision, a place in the Championship play-offs will remain firmly in Bristol City’s sights.

No one in the entire division has as many assists to his name as The Robins’ Swedish wing wizard. And one of the league’s most enigmatic performers took his personal tally to 12 for the season on Wednesday, his inch-perfect cross converted at the far post by Famara Diedhiou to seal a hard-thought 3-2 triumph over Derby County.

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But, with Eliasson’s contract due to expire in the summer, it seems that only the promise of Premier League football would be enough to convince the £1.8 million bargain signing to reject overtures from elsewhere.

Niclas Eliasson of Bristol City on the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August 04, 2019 in Bristol, England.

Bristol Live reports that, as things stand, the 24-year-old has no interest in putting pen to paper and extending his spell at Ashton Gate. Celtic are interested, according to the Daily Record, with the Scottish Premiership leaders eyeing what would be one of their most astute additions in many a year.

On the evidence of last night, and the 2019/20 season as a whole, the chance to snap up a player of Eliasson’s potential for absolutely nothing is one that cannot be missed.

Niclas Eliasson of Bristol City scores the 2nd Bristol City goal past Remi Matthews of Bolton Wanderers during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers at...

 

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