Celtic news – Huseklepp a target again, Rasmussen future uncertain, Friendly should go-ahead

Huseklepp a target again.

Bari´s Erik Huseklepp has re-emerged as a target for Neil Lennon as the Celtic boss becomes increasingly frustrated in his attempts to sign a new striker, says the Glasgow Times.

The Hoops are keen to boost their attacking options, having been linked with moves for Craig Bellamy, Shane Long and Jay Bothroyd, and Lennon now believes the Italians could be ready to do business after suffering relegation to Serie B.

The Norwegian, 26, moved to Bari in January from Brann after Celtic turned down the opportunity to sign him for £2 million, and Lennon said: “He’s a player we liked the look of at the time but talks broke down because they [Brann] wanted too much money.

“But it’s a possibility given Bari’s situation. He’s just one of the options in the hat.”

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Rasmussen future uncertain.

Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen says his future at Parkhead is uncertain after being left back in Glasgow while the first team squad went on the pre-season tour to Australia, reports STV.

The 26-year-old, holder of five Danish caps, signed for the Hoops in January, 2010 from Brondy but has struggled to make an impact and spent last season on loan at Bundesliga side Mainz and AaB back in his native country.

“I am still in Scotland, where I train with other players who have been rented out and have now returned,” he told Sporten. “We train twice each day, so it’s good to stay in shape.”

Rasmussen, who has a contract until June, 2013, added: “I’m taking it easy because I have a contract and neither party can just run off. Unless there is an offer from another club I am sticking to my agreement until then.”

Friendly should go-ahead.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Perth Glory expect Saturday´s game with Celtic to go ahead despite worries over the state of the pitch at the nib Stadium.

On Wednesday parts of the playing surface were under water after a week of wet weather in Perth, but the use of helicopters and industrial blow dryers, along with water extraction rods being drilled into the ground, have seen in it improve considerably in the past 48 hours.

Glory chief executive Paul Kelly said: “It has improved since yesterday. We have also had pumping equipment which I believe has been pumping thousands of litres of water out of the ground. It is still a bit soft but the thing is we’re going to have to play there.

“It will be a bit soft underfoot but I have every faith today and tomorrow it will harden up,” he added.

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