Celtic-linked Bahlul Mustafazafa has admitted that he still wants to move abroad.
The defender was originally linked with a move to Parkhead back in April. The Daily Record revealed that he had been invited to come to Glasgow for a trial, and the player himself even admitted that he would “jump” at the chance to come to Parkhead.
In the end, we never seemed to hear anything more about it. Mustafazada did make a move from Gabala, but it was only to rival Azerbaijan outfit Sabah.
He’s once again come out and talked up a potential move abroad, however. Speaking to Azerisport, Mustafazada once again reiterated his ambition to move abroad.
“I can’t name specifically which club (is interested). They did not say anything to me, there was no official proposal.
“But for (my) development it is necessary to speak of abroad. I am aware of this. If there is such an option, then it must be considered.”
Sunderland could apparently be competition if we made a move
The club Mustafazada is likely referring to here is Sunderland. That was the club mentioned by Azerisport when they asked him about a potential move abroad.
And you have to admit, with Celtic’s current situation at the back having changed massively since April, we would surely be unlikely to revive any interest.
As we well know, Christopher Jullien has been a storming success alongside Kristoffer Ajer. With Jozo Simunovic and Nir Bitton in reserve, we’re well-stocked for now.
Come January, there are most certainly other positions that could do with strengthening first and foremost. It’s debatable as to whether we need another striker, for example. But Lenny did most of his work in the summer, and the squad looks in good shape as it stands.
Meanwhile, Mustafazada is hardly in immense form. He’s started his career with Sabah having won just two of the 10 league games he’s been involved in (Transfermarkt).
In fairness, he is now a full international having made six appearances for Azerbaijan. Once again, however, he’s struggled to stand-out. With just one win in six internationals, there’s nothing about him that overly stands out just now.
If Celtic were to move for a centre-back, they would have to be a noticeable improvement on what we have. There just isn’t enough evidence just now that Mustafazada is just that.