If a report from the Norwegian outlet VG is believed to be true, clubs in Scotland and the Netherlands are eyeing a summer swoop for Patrick Berg. A valuation of around £1.3m has been set for the young midfield prodigy, and the likes of Rangers or Celtic could only be considered among the suitors for their ability to pay in millions among the Scottish outfits.
The 23-year-old FK Bodø/Glimt star has made 134 appearances so far for his boyhood club. He has fired in 10 goals across competitions, and his expertise as a deep-lying playmaker earned him a regular place in the Norway squad. He represented his nation in various youth ranks before making his senior debut earlier this year.
Norway fell short in the playoffs against Serbia and could not make it to the Euro 2020 finals. But they have a promising set of names who are destined to make it big in the European circuit. Berg, still under the radar, should flourish further if a transfer takes place in due course of time.
Glimt, understandably, are willing to keep hold of their prized asset. Berg’s set-piece attribute, long ball accuracy as well as shooting traits help him orchestrate the show from the centre of the pitch. Although the midfielder needs to work more on short passes, through balls and aerial ability; his composure and vision while scripting attacking transitions should see him attuning to the demands of the Scottish game.
Why Rangers Must Be Leading The Race Among Clubs In Scotland
Celtic, meanwhile, have announced Ange Postecoglou as their new manager after failing to rope in Eddie Howe as Neil Lennon’s successor. A mass exodus is set to take place at Parkhead in the coming days, and the club must make a significant investment to replace their high-profile resources. The egress of Scott Brown has left a void in the middle of the park, and despite the emergence of Ismaila Soro last season, the Hoops should bring in the Norwegian.
On the other hand, Rangers are well-equipped across the pitch following their Premiership victory and an impressive European run. But they have a bigger test ahead in the Champions League qualifiers, and the gaffer Steven Gerrard must keep hold of his prolific stars knocking down interest from abroad.
Having said that, 36-year-old Steven Davis is approaching the twilight of his glittering career, whereas Ryan Jack had his injury troubles in recent months. Bosman signing Nnamdi Ofoborh is not tested yet at the highest level, and the club are yet to decide whether to loan out the Nigerian or consider him a squad option for the upcoming campaign.
An outright defensive midfielder must be prioritised to compete across competitions, and the stability of the Ibrox side make them favourites over the Bhoys to secure his services among the Scottish clubs.
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