‘It can go so fast’: Manager refuses to rule out summer move for Celtic
Flemming Pedersen has told Bold.DK that he cannot rule out Nordsjaelland making a move to sign Celtic winger Karamoko Dembele.
Pedersen confirmed Tigrene attempted to sign the 18-year-old forward during the last winter transfer window. But he put a stop to the Danish side’s pursuit as the Superliga outfit had enough options in the position.
Nordsjaelland ended the Superliga championship round fifth, but missed out on a European berth to Randers, who finished sixth. Hestene had finished the regular season above Tigrene for a place in the Europa League play-off round.
Pedersen could now revive Nordsjaelland’s interest in Dembele this summer if the chance arises, with the youngster entering the final year of his contract at Celtic. He only featured in five games last term, taking his career haul to eight.
“He turned up as an opportunity in the winter,” Pedersen confirmed. “Often, when it comes out, the media is half a year late for it. When something comes out, it is often four or six months late, but there is nothing now.
“There was dialogue this winter, but it was something that we ourselves helped to shut down. At that time, we thought we had the players we needed.
“I should not be able to say anything about that [a move this summer]. It can go so fast in football, and many things I do not know until a real opportunity can arise on a player that I have to help make a decision about.”
Celtic should consider Nordsjaelland deal for Dembele
Dembele is still a player with great potential but has yet been able to show it at the senior level with Celtic. It has been two years since his surprise debut as a 16-year-old against Hearts, but has only added seven games to his record.
He scored his first senior goal against St Johnstone in May after coming on as a late substitute, however. So, clearly, the potential is there waiting to break out. Making a new contract highly likely before leaving Glasgow on loan.
And Celtic should consider sending Dembele to Nordsjaelland if Pedersen revives the Superliga side’s interest. He has admirers at the Right to Dream Park, who may provide the regular game time he has not got at Parkhead.
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