The announcement of Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo as a Celtic player made it three signings so far this summer for the Scottish champions, and it is looking like that number could grow.
The Daily Mail report that the Hoops are eyeing a move for Austrian youngster Husein Balic, who impressed for his country in the recent U-21 EUROs as well as making a name for himself for his club St. Polten in the Austria Bundesliga over the past 12 months.
The report states that St. Polten value the Bosnian-born attacker at around £700,000 with other English clubs also interested in Balic this summer.
After a season where the 23-year-old scored eight goals and assisted another five in all competitions, it’s easy to see why Celtic and a handful of English sides are interested in Balic, who mainly plays on the left-wing but has been documented on Transfermarkt to be able to operate as both a right-winger and centre forward.
Of course, with Scott Sinclair entering the final year of his contract next season and youngster Mikey Johnston impressing in his first full year as a Celtic player with five goals and one assist in 23 games for the Hoops, competition for a starting role next season for Balic will be difficult, but not impossible.
Indeed, at just 23-years-old Balic would be someone who could come in and potentially improve over the next few years, as the Hoops look to improve on an attack that was outscored by closest challengers Rangers last season. During the U21 championships in Italy, he did average 1 shot per game (per WhoScored) as well as 0.7 dribbles, so does appear to have an ability to drive at the opposition, which could be a useful tool following the departures of Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah after their loans expired.
With Celtic aiming for Champions League qualification as Lennon said via Football Scotland, the kind of versatility and drive mentioned could be a handy tool going forward.
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