Amid last night's Brazilian brilliance, there was a familiar name from Celtic's recent past

By Hamish Carton

November 25, 2022

There was a blast from the (relatively recent) past for Celtic fans in last night’s World Cup encounter between Brazil and Serbia.

As most of Ange Postecoglou’s first-team take a well-earned break, the football rolls on in Qatar.

In Thursday’s late game, Brazil were impressive as a Richarlison double downed the Serbs 2-0.

As Celtic fans, we’re looking for any players we can relate to from our own club’s recent history. And last night, Serbia’s Strahinja Pavlovic fitted the bill.

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The 21-year-old is currently playing for the nine-in-a-row Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg, after signing recently from AS Monaco.

But prior to his move to France, the centre-back was a very real target for Celtic.

In July 2019, then Hoops boss Neil Lennon actually ventured to Wales to watch Pavlovic play for Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League against Connah’s Quay. (Scottish Sun)

Pavlovic later admitted to being “flattered” by Lennon making the effort to see him play. It seemed as if a deal may be in the offing, but it never transpired.

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Given that Pavlovic is now a regular for Salzburg and Serbia, and still just 21, this may be one that we rue in a number of years.

As a left-sided defender, he seems like an ideal partner for Cameron Carter-Vickers at the heart of the Celtic defence.

We’ll just need to hope that, in time, new signing Yuki Kobayashi can turn out to be another impressive signing from Japan.

In other news, Cameron Carter-Vickers has been speaking ahead of tonight’s game between the USA and England