Rangers persue Celik
Mervan Celik’s agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, has confirmed to Expressen that “two clubs” are leading the chase for the highly-rated winger who has been capped five times for Sweden Under-21s, and who must harbour serious hopes of gatecrashing the Euro 2012 squad if he gets a big move after allowing his contract to expire with GAIS.
Rangers manager Ally McCoist confirmed in Scotland today that Celik has been monitored “for some time” but no move is “imminent” for the 21-year-old. Celik has also been linked with English Championship clubs Middlesbrough and West Ham United along with Italian teams Parma and Genoa while Turkish outfit Gazientepsor have been keepinng tabs on the player who has never previously played for a club outside of his home area.
Celik was a key-player during 2011 as GAIS finished in fifth place in the Allsvenskan, operating mainly from the left and showing a keeness to attack the opposition goal. GAIS team-mate Calum Angus revealed to me this month in an exclusive interview that the strides made by Celik over the past two seasons have been “amazing” and his own self-belief is so high with Celik “genuinely believing he will be the next Zlatan [Ibrahimovic]”.
GAIS have long known that the chances of securing Celik’s services for 2012 were slim to non-existant, especially with the number of scouts in attendance to watch him play. After improving so much, and so quickly, Celik will surely not be content with a small role at whatever team he moves to next and being aware of the limited impact made so far in Scotland by the last two Allsvenskan stars to swap Sweden for the SPL in Celtic’s Mohamed Bangura and possible future team-mate at Rangers Alejandro Bedoya, Celik may look elsewhere for his move.