Celtic have been handed a second shot at signing Atlético Madrid striker Ivan Šaponjić, with the player now open to a transfer.

The Serbian striker was linked with a move to Celtic throughout the summer, with it believed that they and Crystal Palace were chasing his signature.

He ultimately rejected both clubs in favour of staying at the Wanda Metropolitano, believing he could force his way into their plans.

However, that simply hasn’t worked out to be the case, with Šaponjić only managing two appearances, equalling 47 minutes, in the Copa del Rey so far this season.

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He’s down the pecking under Diego Simeone, and the impending arrival of Moussa Dembélé from Lyon means chances will only become more limited.

Interestingly for Neil Lennon and Celtic, AS now say the club’s management are ‘looking for a way out’ for the 23-year-old, who has agreed to head out on a loan deal to another club after managing just 111 minutes of football in two seasons.

The newspaper don’t name any potential suitors but say the striker would prefer to stay in Spain if he can.

They describe his attitude as ‘exemplary’, something his teammates continue to emphasise when discussing him, which is a major plus for any suitors.

Now, obviously, Celtic aren’t in Spain but given their interest in the summer, it seems they have a perfect chance to get Šaponjić this month if they try again.