Croatian Report: Celtic keen on international winger Kristijan Lovric

By David Walton

July 25, 2021

Croatian outlet IndexHR has reported that Celtic are keen on signing up HNK Gorika winger Kristijan Lovric this summer.

Lovric has been capped once by the Croatian senior side, making his debut for his country back in March. He’s also just come off a blistering campaign in his homeland during which he netted 18 goals and bagged seven assists in 32 appearances. In total, Lovric has hammered home 44 goals in 98 games for Gorica [Transfermarkt].

Index report that Celtic are one of two clubs that has expressed great interest in the left-winger. The other being Serie A side Hellas Verona.

Despite the interest, HNK Gorica are still awaiting an official bid for the 25-year-old. It comes after the Croatian club failed to come to an agreement with Dynamo Kyiv for Lovric back in the winter window [IndexHR].

Celtic have a major gap on the left flank after the departure of Mohamed Elyounoussi. With Mikey Johnston the only alternative and curently injured, Lovric would be a welcome addition.

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Lovric provided a strong hint for Celtic supporters a couple of weeks ago after he started following the club on Instagram [Glasgow Live]. However, with reports now coming from Croatia, this could be one to keep an eye on.

When you look at Celtic in the final third, another left-winger is the standout priority. Should the Hoops bring Lovric in, that would more or less do for attacking reinforcements.

Lovric would add to Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi in joining Celtic’s forward signings. And it would cross off one of the big to-do tasks on the manager’s list.

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At 25, a move to Celtic Park would be the biggest of the player’s career. He’s spent the vast majority of his career in Croatia, with only one spell out of his homeland in Slovenia.

Lovric has already proven himself as one of the most effective players in Croatian football. A regular in the top flight, he’s bagged 63 direct goal contributions in 93 appearances [Transfermarkt].

He has the kind of profile that would likely succeed in Scottish football. And with the prospect of leaping into Europe with Celtic for the first time in his career, it would surely appeal to the player too. For now, we sit and wait to see if there’s anything in this.

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