Celtic set to sign Danish striker

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray's bid to freshen up his squad took another step forward yesterday as the Scottish giants’ £1m bid for Danish striker Morten Rasmussen was accepted by the player's club Brondby. Rasmussen, who will turn 25 on 31 January, has yet to decide whether he wants to move to Celtic as he is desperate to make Denmark's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ finals squad.

The striker, who is playing for the Danish League Select at the King's Cup invitational tournament in Thailand, has been with Brondby since making a £1.2m move from Aarhus in 2006. Rasmussen - whose nickname is Duncan because his style of play has been compared to former Everton, Rangers and Scotland striker Duncan Ferguson - has scored 52 goals in 111 appearances for Brondby.

Should Rasmussen, who has played for his country at all youth levels but is yet to make his senior international debut, agree to the move he will join fellow January signings, Norway U-21 international defender Thomas Rogne and 26-year-old Dutch defender Jos Hooiveld.

Mowbray is desperate to revamp a squad he inherited from predecessor Gordon Strachan. Celtic presently trail bitter rivals Rangers by nine points, though they do have a game in hand.

Mowbray has also rid himself of several players, having off-loaded Barry Robson, Chris Killen and Willo Flood to Middlesbrough, as well as experienced defender Gary Caldwell to Wigan Athletic.