International boss hails Celtic summer signing as he calls for patience

By Lewis Laird

September 21, 2022

Montenegro boss Miodrag Radulovic has hailed Sead Haksabanovic for his move to Celtic, stating his quality will shine through when the winger gets up to speed.

The 23-year-old joined Ange Postecoglou’s squad in the summer transfer window for a cut-down price from Russian side Rubin Kazan.

So far, Celtic fans haven’t had a full glimpse of the attacker’s potential, but Haksabanovic has impressed in his short cameos off the bench.

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Last week, the winger marked his first for to the Hoops by having a part to play in the opening goal of the game during the 1-1 draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk.

After not playing much football in recent months, similar to former Rubin Kazan teammate and fellow summer signing Oliver Abildgaard, Haksabanovic has needed some time to get up to speed.

During the international break, the newest addition to the Celtic frontline has jetted off to join his international side, North Macedonia, for their fixtures against Georgia and Bulgaria.

Speaking ahead of those fixtures, Montenegrin boss Miodrag Radulovic hailed Haksabanovic’s summer move and confirmed that the winger would be involved in his nation’s games.

The international boss also called for some patience regarding the widemans fitness, but admitted that once he does regain that his quality will show for Celtic and Montenegro.

He said [CDM]: “Sead’s move to Celtic is a big thing for him and for our football in general. I believe he will show the quality he has both with Celtic and in the national team in the near future.

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“The problem at the moment is that he wasn’t in training when the transfer went through, and he was playing no football at all.

“So he will take time to fully match fit, but I can already tell he is gradually getting his fitness back with the games he plays.

“He will certainly have a part to play for us in our two forthcoming games.”

Next few months could be the period we begin to see full effect of Haksabanovic at Celtic.

Whilst the Celtic support might have been impressed with Haksabanovic’s cameo appearances so far, we could begin to see the wingers full effects over the next few months.

Training and featuring for his international side should provide the winger with further opportunities to up his match fitness before his return to Glasgow at the beginning of October.

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As we approach an extremely busy period in Celtic’s season with nine games in 30 days upon our return to domestic action, the winger is certainly going to be needed.

Haksabanovic’s quality and contributions could prove to be crucial in some difficult matches across three different competitions in Scotland and Europe.

Radulovic clearly knows the former West Ham man well, and is looking forward to seeing how he settles into life at Celtic as we all do.

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