The agent of Bristol City star Niclas Eliasson has told the Daily Record that his client moving to Celtic this month will be difficult.
Reports on Sunday in The Herald claimed that the Hoops were keen to sign the Swede this month.
The 24-year-old is enjoying a strong season at Ashton Gate. He has scored three goals and registered 10 assists – the most by any player in the Championship.
Eliasson signed for the Robins from IFK Norrkoping in 2017, costing the club £1.8 million, according to BBC Sport.
The player can operate on either flank and is often rotated by boss Lee Johnson.
Bristol City have their own ambitions to be a Premier League club next season and see Eliasson as integral to those plans.
The Swede’s contract is up in the summer and Celtic had shown an interest.
There is a clause which allows Bristol City to activate an extension in the deal, however.
As a result, Celtic, or any other club holding an interest, might be left disappointed.
Asked about a potential switch to Neil Lennon’s team this month, agent Hasan Cetinkaya issued a clear message.
He told the Daily Record: “No, it’s going to be difficult. Bristol want to keep him for their aims to move up. Then he has an option in his contract the club will use.
“Interest has come from big clubs and major league and clubs are looking to buy him but Bristol has said no. That’s all I can right now. In the summer window, something big could happen to Niclas.”
TBR View – Eliasson looking unlikely so back to the drawing board for Lennon
Celtic were handed a big boost in their quest to retain their Premiership crown yesterday, with Rangers losing to Hearts.
Lennon, however, is still clearly hoping to bolster his ranks accordingly.
Eliasson is exactly the sort of play he should be targeting, although he looks like missing out on this occasion.
The Championship is a tough league and to have 10 assists by this stage of the campaign is pretty special.
The Swede was perhaps the right target at the wrong time for Celtic and it’s a case of reassessing and moving onto the next target now for Lennon.