Bahlul Mustafazada wants Celtic move

By David Walton

April 21, 2019

Gabala centre-back Bahlul Mustafazada has admitted that he would love a move to a club like Celtic.

The Azerbaijan under-21 international has been invited to a trial at Lennoxtown. This comes as he’s out of contract with Gabala at the end of the season.

Mustafazada has experienced Europa League football. He has also been capped 10 times for the under-20 side.

Bahlul Mustafazada (right) has faced the likes of Germany with his under-21 national side (Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

And, speaking in the Record about his next move after Gabala, Mustafazada touched on the Hoops.

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“If a contract proposal happened then I would certainly jump at it. I’m out of contract at the end of the season, but at the moment I am fighting to try and ensure Gabala get into Europe.”

Does he have the profile Celtic would be looking for?

Mustafazada suits Celtic’s signing policy to a tee. Bringing in young players from Europe in the hope of developing them and moving them on for a higher price. It’s the model the Hoops have enjoyed success with for years.

But, if the Azerbaijan youngster is the replacement for Filip Benkovic or Dedryck Boyata, that may bring about concerns. That’s simply down to the fact that he doesn’t have any experience outside of Azerbaijan.

Mustfazada is currently looking to qualify for the Europa League with his club. Gabala currently sit in fourth place, just two points off third. It’s been a productive campaign for them this season, and they’ve conceded 27 goals in 25 games this term.

Does Neil Lennon have an eye on Mustafazada (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Despite that, not much is known about the youngster. He has also been called up to the Azerbaijan senior side. He’s yet to actually feature for them, however.

Inviting him in for a trial would perhaps be the best move. It gives Celtic the chance to see what kind of impact he could make and how soon he could break into the first-team. The Hoops have to start building for next season, and it starts with their defensive recruits.

Boyata and Benkovic both aren’t contracted to be here next season. At the very least, it’s good to see the club looking for options to strengthen in that area, regardless of what you may think about Mustafazada.