Celtic’s hunt for a new left-sided player continues to rumble on and time is running out rather quickly…
What’s the word?
According to The Sun, Neil Lennon is plotting a move for Bristol City wing-back Niclas Eliasson before next Monday’s transfer deadline.
It’s claimed that if the Hoops fail with a third bid for young Charlton Athletic starlet Alfie Doughty, then their attention will turn to the 24-year-old Swede instead.
Eliasson is out of contract next summer and has fallen down the pecking order at Ashton Gate since the sacking of Lee Johnson, so he could well be available for a move.
He’s valued at just £3.6m by Transfermarkt.
Who is he?
Well, it’s not the first time that the Scottish champions have been linked with a move for the Robins winger with reports first emerging back in the January transfer window, as per the Daily Record.
He’s only been able to feature in the League Cup this term, but last season, Eliasson provided three goals and 12 assists also averaging 1.7 crosses, 1.5 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
Johnson believed that the Swedish wizard was “one of the best” in the division whilst also claiming that he’d was “going to be amazing” in a few years time, adding: “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.”
With Lennon changing to a three-at-the-back system again, Eliasson could well be the perfect threat from the wing – almost Patrick Roberts or Scott Sinclair like but with the need to defend too.
The PFSA laud his unique skillset, singling out his “crafty movement” as one key to his success. This is very much what you’d associate with the former Man City loanee.
Perhaps Eliasson would be the better option over a relatively raw Doughty and whilst it remains to be seen how much he’d cost, Nick Hammond could press ahead with the signing.
AND in other news, Lennon must unleash Celtic’s “special talent” over Scott Brown…
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