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Report: Celtic eyeing 24-year-old wing-back whose former boss said ‘he’s going to be amazing’

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Report: Celtic eyeing 24-year-old wing-back whose former boss said ‘he’s going to be amazing’

Celtic have reportedly rekindled their interest in Niclas Eliasson, according to the Scottish Sun.

The Hoops are looking to bring in cover at left-back before the transfer window closes on Monday, with Boli Bolingoli having left Parkhead on loan earlier this month.

The outlet claims that Neil Lennon’s first choice in the position is Alfie Doughty, but Charlton have knocked back two bids for the 20-year-old.

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And if Celtic’s third bid is also rejected, the Hoops will turn their attention to Eliasson, currently on the books at English Championship side Bristol City.

The 24-year-old was signed from Sweden’s Norrkoping in the summer of 2017 and has developed into one of the English second tier’s most effective left-sided players.

Former Robins boss Lee Johnson waxed lyrical about Eliasson earlier this year, in conversation with the Bristol Post.

 

“Physically he’s increased by 16-18 per cent since he first came in,” he said in January. “We’ve talked about the discussion with the judo coach and using his body better.

“Tactically, he’s improved dramatically. He’s always had that USP of the amazing delivery but now he’s starting to get into better areas in terms of goalscoring and upgrading crosses.

“He’s not the finished article but when Niclas Eliasson is 27 he’s going to be amazing. But that’s where we are.

“Probably, at 27, unless we’re in the Premier League, there’s a good chance he won’t be here. We have to polish the diamond into a top one and I think he can be.”

Since Dean Holden replaced Johnson in the dugout, however, Eliasson has fallen out of favour at City, with no league appearances so far this season.

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With Eliasson out of favour at City and his contract expiring next summer, he is a realistic target for Celtic, who shouldn’t have too much trouble getting their hands on him if they want to go down that path.

The left-back / left wing-back position is an area that Lennon desperately needs to bolster and a player who has shone in the English second tier, earning plaudits from his former manager, certainly looks like a good shout for the Hoops.

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