Report: Celtic lost out with late bid for Swedish wonderkid, Paulos Abraham

By Euan Davidson

February 4, 2021

Celtic made a last-ditch bid for Paulos Abraham, according to the Scottish Sun.

Abraham, now of FC Groningen of the Eridivisie, moved for £2m on deadline day. The former AIK winger made 27 appearances in the Swedish top-flight last season [Transfermarkt], and his move comes with great intrigue.

Only 18, the left-winger absolutely fits the profile of a Celtic signing. The Bhoys needed reinforcements on the left flank, with Elyounoussi only in loan. Mikey Johnston has struggled for fitness again this season, and the club was also linked with left-winger Alfie Doughty.

It’s certainly a blow for Celtic, with the highly-rated youngster set to learn from Dutch legend Arjen Robben [BBC]. The former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid winger returned to his first club this season. Although injured, he’s certainly a good resource for Paulos Abraham.

Abraham said [Scottish Sun]:

“I had a few choices, but I thought the plans of Groningen suited me better.

“They are working on a great project here that I believe in.”

Celtic missed out on Paulos Abraham / (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

Celtic miss out on Paulos Abraham, but encouraging scouting signs nonetheless

Followers of Swedish football have been impressed by Celtic target Paulos Abraham. His stay at AIK was brief, but he’s an example of the talent coming through in the country. Alexander Isak, now of Real Sociedad, also came through the AIK ranks [Sport Bladet].

Whether he makes an impact at Groningen is to be seen. However, his trajectory bears similarities with Henrik Larsson. The Celtic legend left Sweden for the Dutch top-flight, having a frustrating spell at Feyenoord before joining the Bhoys.

At the very least, it’s evidence that Celtic’s scouting network is exploring different avenues. Much of the recruitment focus was on players in the UK, but Scandinavia has been and will continue to be a fruitful market. The examples of Kristoffer Ajer, Stefan Johansen, Leo Fuhr Hjelde and Ronny Deila spring to mind.

So, although we couldn’t get it done, kudos to Celtic for actually showing us something. Fans have been let down by shoddy recruitment this season. But if the club are looking in the right places to secure the next Celtic greats, then that’s something.

Meanwhile, Celtic are enduring another social media disaster today.