Coppola a Bhoys option
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Messina midfielder Carmine Coppola is being mooted as a target for Celtic.
Messina midfielder Carmine Coppola is being mooted as a target for Celtic, according to reports in the Italian media.
Bhoys boss Gordon Strachan is still looking to strengthen his squad ahead of a UEFA Champions League campaign and is assessing his options.
With Stilian Petrov having asked to leave the Scottish champions, a midfield replacement could be required before the August transfer deadline.
Speculation in Italy claims Coppola is under consideration by Strachan, whose team started the new SPL season with a 4-1 victory over Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Coppola has spent the past five years with Messina and has impressed in the last couple of seasons in Serie A.
He has collected two caps for Italy after making his international debut last summer against Serbia & Montenegro.
The 27-year-old was courted by Tottenham Hotspur 12 months ago, but Messina proved reluctant sellers.
Messina could again take some persuading to sell Coppola as Celtic muse over following up their early interest.