Oliver Abildgaard seen as 'dream player' for Danish club; Celtic future still to be resolved

By Lewis Laird

January 23, 2023

Aalborg reportedly see Celtic midfielder Oliver Abildgaard as the ‘dream player’ for their midfield as they eye up late January recruits.

The Danish side are currently struggling in the Superligaen, as they sit 11th place in the top-flight, ten points off the top half of the table.

As we quickly approach the final week of the January transfer window, reports are suggesting that Aalborg are aiming to bring in a new midfield addition.

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And the club are also believed to be willing to break the bank, in terms of salary, for a quality new midfielder as they aim to climb the table.

Earlier this month, Aalborg were linked with a move for Celtic man Oliver Abildgaard, who appears to be considering his options after a difficult six months at Parkhead.

The 26-year-old spent the early stages of his career with the former Danish champions, coming through the ranks before moving to Rubin Kazan in 2020.

Sporting director Thomas Bælum even confirmed that they were ready to talk to the Danish international if the right opportunity was to arise for the player.

However, their continued stance throughout the January transfer window has been that Abildgaard will be too difficult to acquire due to his ambitions of wanting to continue playing outside of his homeland.

According to a report from Ekstra Bladet (as reported by Tipsbladet), Aalborg still see Abildgaard as the ‘dream player’ for their midfield.

But, the report also goes on to state that there is still little evidence that he will return back to his old club.

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Celtic and Abildgaard should do all they can to get midfielder a move.

As mentioned, we are heading into the final week of the January transfer window, and currently, Oliver Abildgaard is still a Celtic player.

There were high hopes for the former Rubin Kazan man upon his arrival on summer deadline day last year. However, it simply hasn’t worked out at Parkhead.

Abildgaard has gone on to make nine appearances for the Hoops. But none of those appearances for the club have come from the start.

So, it is important over the next eight days that we find a resolution for this situation.

It will have been a frustrating few years for Abildgaard, given his career will have been significantly impacted due to the current issues in Russia.

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So you would imagine he is desperate to get out and play football.

At this point in time, Aalborg may not be his ideal destination. However, it might become one he turns too for a six-month loan if no other interest arrives late in the transfer window.

Initial reports suggested that clubs from across Europe and the US were interested. So it will be intriguing to see if any team follows up on that.

The signing of Tomoki Iwata seems to have all but ended any hopes of more minutes in the first team at Celtic for Oliver Abildgaard. So the best move for both parties may be to move on this month.

In other news, Celtic confirm new details for Hearts fixture after postponement due to cup final.