Celtic target Niklas Dorsch has seemingly ruled out a move to Celtic Park, by stressing that he only wants to play in the Bundesliga.
The youngster has been lighting up Bundesliga 2 with his current club Heidenheim, and he wants his career to blossom in his homeland, rather than heading to pastures new it would seem.
The 21-year-old came through the ranks at Bayern Munich, but things did not work out for the Germany under-21 international, and he has had to rebuild his stock at the lower level of German football.
Having done that though, he is now a wanted man, with a number of clubs in the Bundesliga circling with interest in him, as well as the Bhoys.
Celtic are looking to enhance their midfield options as they bid to continue their dominance of Scottish football, having bagged their tenth trophy in succession when they beat Rangers in the final of the Betfred Cup on Sunday afternoon, but it appears they will not be getting their hands on Dorcsh, as he confirmed recently.
“At the moment, I just want to be successful with Heidenheim. We do outstanding work there, have a great environment and are strong in the league. We are realistic, but we have a good chance of promotion.” the Daily Record quote him as saying.
“I have high expectations. My aim is to play in a top class league.
I’ve read about interest from other clubs, but for me, playing in the Bundesliga should always be the goal of an ambitious young player like myself.
“And I have time to decide. This won’t be an issue for me until the end of the season.”
The Bhoys were interested in the German star, not just because of the quality the former Bayern product has shown in the second tier, but also because he is believed to have a release clause of just £3 million, something that would be very much in the range of the Glasgow side.
It would seem as though the Celtic boss is going to have to pursue other options though, after Dorsch made it clear that he has no interest in heading to Scotland.