By Danny Wright
Celtic are interested in signing Montenegro international Luka Djordjevic, according to a report.
Montenegrin news outlet CdM claims on their website that a number of clubs have made offers for the 23-year-old, who is currently a free agent after mutually terminating his contract at Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg.
It is understood that the Hoops’ interest in the versatile attacker is greater than all other clubs who are in the race for his signature.
The report says that Djordjevic decided to quit Zenit over the lack of playing time he earned for the team last season, as he made just 18 appearances across all competitions, with just four starts.
CdM claims that Roberto Mancini’s arrival as manager of Zenit has all but ruined his chances of getting a steady spot in the first team.
Djordjevic has previously had spells with clubs all over Europe, including FC Twente, Sampdoria, Ponferradina and Mogren.
He has four senior caps for the Montenegro international team, and scored his first and only goal for his nation in his debut during a 6-0 mauling of San Marino in a World Cup qualifier in 2012.
Football Insider Verdict
Rodgers has a very capable Celtic squad on his hands that will more than comfortably win another domestic treble next season. However besides Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths, the Hoops are relatively light up front. Dembele suffered a number of injuries in the second half of the campaign and if Griffiths was to suffer a setback it would have probably proved disastrous to the Bhoys’ chances of finishing the Scottish season unbeaten. Rodgers needs a third choice option in his strike force, and free agent Djordjevic seems like he would be a good choice. He has some way to reach his potential but could be a handy addition.
In other Celtic news, this 26-year-old winger has signed after the Hoops agreed to his transfer.