Celtic eye in-form Swedish hitman Andersson
Celtic are sending a scout to Germany this weekend to watch Swedish striker Sebastian Andersson when Union Berlin take on Paderborn in the Bundesliga.
Andersson has bagged eight Bundesliga goals in his 14 appearances for Union Berlin this season and was also on the scoresheet for Sweden against the Faroe Islands in a Euro 2020 qualifier last month.
Hoops manager Neil Lennon is understood to be on the lookout for fresh attacking options in January, amid rumours of Odsonne Edouard moving on, but there could be some competition for the 28-year-old’s signature if he becomes available.
Dutch champions Ajax, mid-table Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion plus Spanish outfit Villarreal also look set to be in attendance, according to the German newspaper.
They could all have been alerted to Andersson’s ability by some interesting stats the striker has posted this term.
Although he has scored eight goals, his Expected Goals number is only six, which suggests he has been very efficient in putting the ball in the back of the net.
He has produced 23 shots on target in those league appearances and his goal record only shows one penalty, so seven of his strikes have been from open play.
A host of German clubs are also reportedly interested in Andersson, who has six goals in his last five games for club and country.
Asked about the possibility of losing his top goalscorer, coach Urs Fischer replied: “Right now he’s still here and I hope he scores in the last three games (before the winter break), too.
“What happens after that doesn’t bother me right now, for me it’s the present that’s important. Besides, we’re very well prepared.”
Bild suggests the last line could indicate there is a clause to extend Andersson’s contract beyond its current expiry date of summer 2020.