Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou appears intent on bringing in a new centre-forward in the January transfer window, with the uncertainty surrounding the future of Giorgos Giakoumakis having only heightened the need for a new striking addition.
The Parkhead giants appear to have turned their attention towards Rosenborg marksman Casper Tengstedt as one potential solution this month, with Football Scotland reporting at the end of December that the Old Firm giants are considering a move for the 22-year-old.
The suggestion is that the Scottish champions are set for ‘initial conversations’ with the player’s camp ahead of a possible switch, albeit with any move potentially set to prove difficult with the Dane also attracting interest from clubs in both Germany and Italy.
The prolific ace – whose existing deal is set to run until 2026 – has been in scintillating form in Norway in recent months, having scored 15 goals and provided nine assists in just 14 league games for his current side thus far, after previously netting 20 goals and laying on ten assists in only 57 games for Danish side AC Horsens.
Such “ridiculous” numbers, as described by talent scout Jacek Kulig, have unsurprisingly captured the attention of clubs across Europe, with the Denmark U21 international having proven himself a truly ruthless presence in front of goal.
Were Postecoglou and co to bring the one-time Midtjylland man to Glasgow it could well allow Tengstedt to form a ferocious forward partnership with Portuguese gem, Jota, with the latter man having been a leading figure for the Hoops in recent years.
The 23-year-old may have gone seven league games without providing a goal contribution, although he still boasts an impressive haul of five goals and six assists in the top flight this term, after also netting twice in just four Champions League group stage appearances.
Prior to that, the former Benfica wizard had also sparkled during his debut campaign at the club after providing 13 goals and 14 assists across all fronts last term, proving vital in the Bhoys’ title success.
The “scary” talent – as lauded by pundit Tam McManus – clearly possesses a knack for both scoring himself but also creating openings for his teammates, as he ranks third in the division for chances created per game (2.31), while also averaging 1.9 key passes per 90.
To have such a creative figure operating on the flanks and with the lethal Tengstedt through the middle could well prove a truly devastating combination, with the latter man likely to thrive of such elite service.
It may take a sizeable bid for Celtic to get the Rosenborg ace through the door, although such an acquisition would seemingly be a notable coup for the club.