Celtic’s hopes of signing Birger Meling may have just received a major boost after his current club Rosenborg were knocked out of the Champions League last night. Facing an impressive Dinamo Zagreb side in Trondheim the Norwegian side could only manage a 1-1 draw, losing 3-1 on aggregate.
With Rosenborg now out, it leaves Meling and other Rosenborg players susceptible to bids. Norwegian publication VG spoke to the 10-cap international after the Champions League exit. He stated he only listened to his agent when it comes to transfer issues. He also, reportedly, added that he had ‘heard nothing’ about a transfer at this time.
Yesterday it was reported by The Scottish Sun that Celtic were giving up on Meling to sign Greg Taylor from Kilmarnock. However, the Daily Record reported that Taylor is too expensive and therefore Meling is first-choice.
If the latter does prove true then the Champions League exit is bound to help.
Meling’s agent Bjorn Tore Kvarme spoke of his chances of a transfer to the Glasgow Evening times last week. The former Liverpool defender suggested that Rosenborg’s participation in the Champions League could play a pivotal role in any transfer discussions.
Meling seems to be unaware of any interest at this time but Celtic are clearly in a better position now that Rosenborg have missed out on the Champions League.
Celtic have until next week to get a deal done and it certainly seems more likely now, than it did yesterday.