By Abigail Withey
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he was interested in former Eupen winger Henry Onyekuru over the summer because of his impressive goalscoring record at such a young age.
The 20-year-old winger was signed by Premier League side Everton during the transfer window and was immediately sent back to Belgium for a season-long loan at Anderlecht.
Celtic will travel to the Constant Vanden Stock stadium on Wednesday to face Onyekuru and his team mates in their second group match of the Champions League.
Rodgers has now admitted that he had interest in signing the prolific attacker, but never actually proposed an offer for him.
“He came to our attention and we watched him. But the money was going to be too much,” Rodgers revealed, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We’d seen him play. In Belgium you’re always trying to gauge it because the league splits and a lot of his goals were scored in the second half of that.
“I liked him, though. As a 19-year-old his numbers were high for a winger and he was dynamic, quick.
“But we never made a bid. He was just a player who came into our thinking because of his goals.”
While at Eupen last season the youngster scored 24 goals in just 41 appearances which will have been incredibly attractive to the Hoops manager.
Since joining Anderlecht the Nigerian has found the back of the net four times in 10 appearances across all competitions and is aiming to increase his experience before returning to Goodison Park.
Like Celtic, Anderlecht lost their first match of the group stages to Bayern Munich and the clubs are set to go head-to-head during the week.
Rodgers’ side will be traveling to Belgium brimming with confidence after their 2-0 win over rivals Rangers on Saturday in the first Old Firm clash of the campaign.
In other Celtic news, Leigh Griffiths has delivered a Twitter message to the Gers fans after the Old Firm clash.