Celtic handed Conference League boost as transfer development emerges in Norway

Celtic’s UEFA Conference opponents Bodo-Glimt look set to lose one of the stand-out talents which led them to a second consecutive Norwegian league title.

Lens's supporters will see Bodo-Glimt's midfielder Patrik Berg live next year, but Celtic supporters won't    (DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)
Lens's supporters will see Bodo-Glimt's midfielder Patrik Berg live next year, but Celtic supporters won't (DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)

Patrik Berg, the 24-year-old midfielder, is set to sign for Ligue One side Lens next month, according to reports.

That means the nine-times capped midfielder will not line-up against Callum McGregor when continental competition resumes in February and Kjetil Knutsen’s side pitch up at Parkhead.

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The rise of the champions has caught the eye across Europe, as did the 6-1 hammering of Jose Mourinho’s Roma in the group stages. As well as Berg, boss Knutsen has also won admirers and left-back Fredrik Andre Bjorkan has already been snapped up by Hertha Berlin.

Berg looks set to follow as Italian-based journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed a deal will be completed on Friday.

“Lens have reached an agreement with Bodø/Glimt to sign Norwegian midfielder Patrick Berg on a permanent move, done deal and here-we-go. The player will be in France today with his agent.”

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