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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: D-DAY FOR CELTIC TARGET, EX-HOOPS STAR’S ITALIAN FIRST, SAINTS STAR ‘BUST-UP’ CLAIM, MAY DEAL BACK ON

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BIRGER MELING could edge closer to a move to Celtic tomorrow night – if Rosenborg crash out of the Champions League.

The Norwegian left-back has already been scouted by the Hoops this month and didn’t harm his cause with good displays against the Parkhead men in Europe in recent seasons.

Meling was booked in his team’s last week’s 2-0 loss against Dinamo Zagreb and they are on the brink of an exit in the return tomorrow.

The 24-year-old 10 times-capped international defender is on Neil Lennon’s radar, despite the Irishman spending £3million on Boli Bolingoli from Rapid Vienna last month.

The Hoops boss has made it clear he is searching for defensive cover after losing stalwarts such as Kieran Tierney, Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata and Emilio Izaguirre since the end of the historic treble treble campaign.

Lennon’s former team-mate Chris Sutton, now a media pundit, claimed last week that Meling was on his way to Parkhead.

He said: “Just going to give you a bit of news, I think Celtic are going to sign the Rosenborg left-back. Meling. We’re nearly there.”

Kilmarnock’s Scottish international No.3 Greg Taylor, who missed his side’s 0-0 draw against Aberdeen on Saturday, has also been watched by Celtic scouts recently.

Lennon, after witnessing his side’s 3-1 win over Hearts to rack up a third successive Premiership victory, admitted he is hopeful of bringing in “two or three” players this week.

The Irishman, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “We need players in two or three positions. That’s been ongoing for quite a while.

“Hopefully, we can get some quality bodies in on Monday or Tuesday. If we do, I’d like to take them to Sweden with us to integrate them with the group if they have an opportunity to play next weekend.”

FORMER Celtic prospect Liam Henderson has become the first Scot to play in Italy’s Serie A since 1986 when he completed 90 minutes for Hellas Verona at the weekend.

The stylish midfielder, who also had a spell on loan at Hibs, follows ex-Scotland international skipper Graeme Souness who moved to Sampdoria from Liverpool in 1984 before being appointed Rangers player/manager two years later. He was the last Scot to play in Italy’s top flight before his move to Ibrox.

Henderson marked the occasion by being booked as his 10-man side – who had Pawel Dawidowicz red-carded – held out for a 1-1 draw with Bologna.

His young brother Ewan is pushing for a place in Neil Lennon’s plans at Parkhead.

RICHARD FOSTER has been frozen out at St John­stone af­ter an alleged bust-up with Perth boss Tommy Wright.

The former Rangers and Aberdeen de­fender was missing from the squad for the 2-2 draw with Hibs at Easter Road at the weekend.

It is un­der­stood Foster re­acted fu­ri­ously to Wright dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion last week, trig­ger­ing the club’s dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dure

The Saints vice-cap­tain, who has made more than 100 appearances in his three years at McDiarmid Park, is under contract until next summer, but could be on the move before the transfer deadline a week today.

STEVIE MAY’S switch from Aberdeen to former club St Johnstone is back ON.

The Dons striker has seen a move to Perth fall through this summer, but it now looks as though he is poised to seal a deal before the transfer deadline a week today.

Tommy Wright had a loan bid for the 26-year-old hitman, who cost £400,000 who he arrived at Pittodrie two years ago, booted out by Derek McInnes last week.

However, the McDiarmid Park gaffer has returned with an enhanced offer which could end the transfer saga.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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