Glasgow Celtic are plotting a move for Rosenborg fullback Birger Meling as they look to replace Kieran Tierney following his summer transfer to the Premier League, according to a Scandinavian source.
Ex-Norwegian footballer Jesper Mathisen, who is now a football pundit following his retirement, has revealed the Hoops are interested in the left-back due to the sale of their star man.
Neil Lennon was disappointed to see Tierney depart for Arsenal, as Celtic received a fee of £25m, and has now seemingly turned his attention to Meling as a replacement.
“Meling has been hunted a bit by Celtic,” Mathisen told TV2.
“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.”
The Hoops know all about the 24-year-old fullback, having faced Rosenborg in the Champions League last season.
Meling scored in a 3-1 defeat to Celtic back in July 2018 during the qualifying rounds of the competition, and has impressed for the Norwegian outfit over the past two seasons.
Lennon has also identified Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor as a possible replacement for Tierney, according to the Daily Record.
Celtic are scouting the 21-year-old and were present as the defender featured in a 2-0 defeat away to Hamilton on Saturday, with the Scottish Champions compiling a full report on the defender.
Hoops boss Lennon is to meet with chief executive Peter Lawwell this week to discuss the possibility of bringing in a replacement at left-back, as he aims for a successful campaign in his first full season back in charge of the club.
Celtic are looking to retain the Scottish Premiership and are aiming for a prolonged run in the Champions League, with recruitment key to their chances of doing so.
While the Hoops have already brought in fullback Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo from Rapid Vienna during the summer window for £3m, Lennon isn’t happy with his defensive capabilities and wants to strengthen his options at the back.