VIDAR RISETH has warned Celtic they could miss out on target Birger Meling who will be watched by a host of top clubs when Rosenborg face Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg of their Champions League play-off in Croatia this evening.

The former Hoops star has even expressed SURPRISE the Parkhead men have a chance of signing the Norwegian international left-back.

Riseth, who spent two seasons in Glasgow after Jozef Venglos bought him from LASK Linz in 1998, believes his compatriot has the quality to play in England’s Premier League or the Bundesliga.

The ex-versatile defender, speaking to the Evening Times, remarked: “What can I say? He is a very good player.

“He is a really offensive player, lightning quick. He overlaps all the time on the left wing and is good at crossing. He can use both his left and his right foot equally well. He is really good defensively, as well. His positional play is excellent.

“He has been Rosenborg’s best player in the last two seasons. It isn’t just Celtic who are interested in Meling, many clubs are keeping an eye on him. He could end up at a top English or German club in future.

“To be honest, I am surprised that Celtic have a chance to sign him.”

Meiling has shown up well in recent European ties against the Hoops and even scored at Parkhead ast season as Brendan Rodgers’ team won 3-1 in a Champions League qualifier.

Neil Lennon has already splashed £3million in bringing in Boli Bolingoli from Rapid Vienna following the £25million exit of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal and the departure of Emilio Izaguiree to his homeland in Honduras.

The Bhoys boss is still scouring the market to strengthen his full-back positions before the September 2 deadline.

He is likely to have a spy in Croatia tonight for an up-to-date form report on 24-year-old Meling who seems certain to move during this transfer window.


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