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9th Apr, 2017 | 4:56pm

Celtic in three-way battle for 22-year-old Championship midfielder - report

By Will Butcher

Lasse Vigen Christensen, currently on loan at Burton Albion, is being eyed by Celtic ahead of the summer transfer window, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim Birmingham and Sheffield United are also interested in the 22-year-old midfielder, after being shipped out by parent club Fulham on a temporary basis in January.

Christensen, who has 34 caps for Denmark’s Under-21 side, has just over a year left on his Fulham contract and could be allowed to leave as the Cottagers look to avoid losing him on a free.

Celtic are likely to be in the market for a central midfielder during the summer, with a defensive midfield partner to sit alongside captain Scott Brown not yet properly identified.

Israel international Nir Bitton has struggled this season, while Stuart Armstrong has shone in a more attacking role behind the striker. January signing Kouassi Eboue is also yet to make an impact.

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On loan at Burton, Christensen has helped the Championship minnows win five of his 12 appearances for the Brewers, providing three assists.

However, Christensen could opt to remain in England’s second tier, after Sheffield United secured promotion back to the Championship on Saturday while Birmingham look likely to avoid the drop.

Football Insider verdict:

There is no doubt, with a Champions League campaign on the horizon next term, that Celtic must bolster their midfield options in the summer. However, bringing in Christensen is not the answer to fill the void; far from it. Celtic must use the money they have secured from this season’s exploits in the elite competition by bringing in someone who has experience at the top level and in the Champions League, rather than signing players who struggle to get into a Championship side. Christensen has fallen down the pecking order with Fulham hence his loan, and will not offer the Bhoys what they need at Celtic Park next season.

In other Celtic transfer news, this senior ace is closing in on a transfer away from the Hoops.

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