Over the weekend it was looking likely that Celtic were closing in on a deal to bring 10-cap Norwegian international Birger Meling to the club.
The Herald was reporting that the Rosenborg defender was ‘close to agreeing’ a move to Parkhead after weeks of speculation surrounding a deal.
With Neil Lennon confirming to The Scotsman that a deal for a potential European competition cup-tied full-back was possible before this Thursday’s clash with AIK, Meling again fitted the bill. The 24-year-old has featured for the Norwegian side in the Champions League this season.
However, despite these reports, it appears a deal for Meling is far from nearing completion. The Daily Record is reporting that sources close to the player have suggested there have ‘been no discussions’ over a deal for the player.
Rosenborg are also reluctant to sell the player, as they prepare for a two-legged Champions League battle with Dinamo Zagreb.
Celtic fans should know plenty about Meling, considering the number of times they have faced his Rosenborg side in recent times.
They will, therefore, know that he would be a shrewd recruit by the club.
But it did always seem odd that Rosenborg would be willing to sell a key player with such important Champions League fixtures upcoming.
Until their fate is sealed in that competition, one way or the other, it is hard to see how Celtic will be able to secure Meling’s signature.
Perhaps they will need to look elsewhere to strengthen at full-back.