Date: 21st August 2019 at 6:50am
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Vidar Riseth believes that Kris Ajer could help Celtic secure the signing of Birger Meling from Rosenborg.

The left-back first came to Celtic’s attention two years ago when he impressed against the hoops in a Champions League play-off with the departure of Kieran Tierney making that position a priority.

Boli Bolingoli has failed to impress since arriving from Rapid Vienna with Jonny Hayes the only other option to play at left-back.

Celtic’s regular matches against Rosenborg have coincided with the emergence of Ajer into the first team with the young defender now a fixture in the Norwegian national side.

Riseth was signed by Jo Venglos in 1998 and believes that Celtic’s profile across Norway could help them beat off competition to sign the 24-year-old whose contract runs until December 2020.

Speaking to the Evening Times Riseth said:

I think Celtic would be a step up for him – they are a bigger club and they get bigger crowds and they have done far better than Rosenborg in Europe in recent seasons. Norwegian people like Celtic. Ajer is obviously there now and is doing well. Johansen has been there previously.

They know Lustig did well there too but Rosenborg have played against them many times recently and everybody has talked about the atmosphere there is at the games. They just like the club for some reason. That is why Celtic have the best chance to beat the other clubs who are interested in signing Meling – because Norwegian football players know them and like them.

Tonight Rosenborg are away to Dinamo Zagreb in a Champions League Play-Off, last night Cluj lost 1-0 at home to Slavia Prague.