Date: 27th August 2019 at 4:12pm
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Celtic had scouts watching Rosenborg left-back Birger Meling as the club are weighing up a potential move for the Norwegian, according to The Scottish Sun 

What’s the story?

Celtic sent a scout to watch Meling in action as his Rosenborg side fell 2-0 in their UEFA Champions League play-off round first leg against Dinamo Zagreb, which now leaves Rosenborg’s qualification hopes hanging in the balance.

Celtic legend Chris Sutton has been confident that this deal would happen for some time, he told The Scottish Sun: “Just going to give you a bit of news, I think Celtic are going to sign the Rosenborg left-back. Meling. We’re nearly there.”

With Celtic seemingly unwilling to pay the £3million asking price for Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor, the importance of this transfer to Celtic is becoming massive.

Will Meling’s arrival have a knock-on effect for Bolingoli?

Meling, it would seem, is Celtic’s main target to replace the departed Kieran Tierney. His European experience could be one of the reasons why Neil Lennon appears to be so keen to bring him in, having played 10 times in the Europa League group stages over the last two season.

However, it may lead to a change of position for Bolingoli, who has played at left-back for Celtic so far this season. He’s played on the left of midfield for his previous club, Rapid Vienna, including once in a 1-0  win over Celtic’s arch-rivals Rangers in Austria during last season’s Europa League. Having Meling behind Bolingoli may give him the confidence he needs to recover from his early mishaps in a Celtic jersey so far. In Meling’s case, the fans will no doubt look at him as the Norweigan Kieran Tierney and hope he can fill that void sufficiently if indeed the 24-year-old puts pen-to-paper on a move to Celtic Park before the window closes on September second.

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