Celtic in the race to sign ten-goal ace on loan

Noa Lang - Ajax vs Wolves

The last few days have seen Celtic linked with every man and his dog. That's what it feels like anyway.

Nick Hammond is either a very busy man or there's some false reporting going on. We're not going to suggest what might be true. 

If you believe various sources, then a multitude of new players could arrive at Parkhead.

A fee has supposedly been agreed to sign Caleb Ekuban while David Turnbull and Shane Duffy continue to be touted with moves.

There's also the possibility of the Hoops signing Ricardo Riquelme from Atletico Madrid, a player they've been targeting since March

It's clear that Celtic have plans to bolster their forward line and that's without even losing Odsonne Edouard.

They are already six points behind Rangers in their quest for ten in a row so it's certainly no bad thing to spend a little more money.

Neil Lennon

Goal journalist Ronan Murphy declared a new target was on Celtic's radar on Tuesday afternoon.

Taking to Twitter, he revealed that the Bhoys had their eyes on a loan swoop for talented Ajax youngster Noa Lang. 

However, it's going to be no easy task to sign him. That's because Hertha Berlin, Real Sociedad and Villarreal are also interested in the 21-year-old. 

The Hoops are hoping to put together a deal where they loan the player for the 2020/21 campaign and then sign him permanently next year.

Hertha, Sociedad and Villarreal all want a straight-up permanent transfer at a cost of €7m-€8m (£6.2m-£7m).

Based on that, you'd imagine that Celtic are far from favourites in this race.

Noa Lang

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

If Celtic had to choose between Lang and Riquelme, they should forget about the latter.

Both players know where the net is but it's Lang who is further ahead in terms of professional and senior development.

He became a history maker when he scored a hat-trick on his very first start for Ajax last year, the first player to do so for the Eredivisie club in 60 years. 

Noa Lang vs Valencia

Remarkably, he has found the net on just one other occasion for the first-team, but in 2019/20, across senior and youth level, he bagged ten times. That includes a strike while on loan at FC Twente too.

Compare that to Riquelme and you'll see that he scored on just seven occasions. A game is about more than goals but the Argentine did that all at a lower level than Lang.

He has been achieving regular minutes in the Dutch top-flight and looks ready to test himself on a more regular basis. Celtic would certainly be a good place to do that. 

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