Celtic are reportedly considering a move for the highly rated Rosenborg left-back Birger Meling as they continue their search for a replacement for Kieran Tierney, so is he a better option than the likes of Rico Henry and Greg Taylor?
Meling is a familiar face to the Hoops, having played against them six times in the last two season’s, scoring once.
And according to HITC, former Norwegian footballer and current pundit Jesper Mathisen believes Celtic are targeting a move for the 24-year-old before next month’s deadline.
Meling has been hunted a bit by Celtic. They sold their left back to Arsenal, so they have a hole there. Meling is a player they know well because Celtic has played against Rosenborg a couple of times.
So would Meling be the ideal replacement for Tierney?
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Meling certainly appears to be a left-back in the Tierney-mould. The 24-year-old has pace to maraud up and down the left-hand side, and crucially is both solid defensively and a threat going forwards.
While he had a relatively poor campaign by his standard’s last season in terms of attacking output with just two goals and three assists in all competitions, the previous term saw him set up a goal for a teammate 13 times – emphasising his ability to be a threat going forwards.
The 24-year-old is also incredibly gifted with the ball and is an accomplished passer, something that has let Boli Bolingoli down in the early stages of his Hoops career thus far.
Compared to the likes of the injury prone Henry and Killie’s Taylor, Meling certainly appears to be the most suited to replacing Tierney at Celtic.