Bristol City finished 12th in the Championship after scoring 60 goals in 46 matches, and Niclas Eliasson had a direct involvement (three goals + 12 assists) in 25 percent of their goals scored in the league.
The Swede’s performances for the second division English side have encouraged interest from elsewhere, with Celtic being named as one of the suitors.
Neil Lennon’s side have been linked with a string of options already this summer, and Eliasson could be a good option for Celtic given his contract situation.
Bristol have given a two-week break to their players, and the midfielder is currently back in his home country for the short break.
This provided Fotbollskanalen an opportunity to interview the 24-year-old, and he’s spoken at length on various topics, including the recent reports linking him to Celtic, Lazio and Fenerbahçe.
When asked about the rumours linking him to the aforementioned clubs, he said: “Of course, it’s flattering. When you were a kid, you always had a dream of playing in one of the three or four biggest leagues in Europe. I hope to fulfil that dream one day.”
“There are a lot of rumours in this day and age. My agent takes care of it. I do not want to hear too much. It is easy for there to be a lot of talk and then there will be nothing anyway. It is better to stay focused on the plan.”
If Celtic or any other clubs are keen on signing him, they have an advantage because of the player’s contract situation with Bristol. The latter recently exercised the option to extend his contract until 2021.
In addition to this, Eliasson has admitted he will listen to proposals from elsewhere, as long as there’s firm interest.
“There’s been a bit of talk about extending [contract at Bristol]. But it can swing very fast in this business, with other clubs and with Bristol City. I leave it to my agent,” the player explained.
“If something concrete happens, I’ll listen. I don’t want to hear about the slightest interest from Bristol City or another club, but more if something is really on the table and serious.”
It remains to be seen if Celtic or any other club will make a concrete proposal to sign Eliasson this summer.