Report: Celtic offered winger Sead Haksabanovic this summer but Bhoys turn it down

By Lewis Laird

August 3, 2022

Reports in Russia have claimed that Rubin Kazan attempted to sell 28-time capped international winger Sead Haksabanovic to Celtic this summer.

The 23-year-old wide player started his career in Sweden before moving to the UK, joining English Premier League side West Ham United.

Spending three years in England, Haksabanovic made just two appearances for the club’s first team before being shifted out on loan.

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Loan spells in Spain and Sweden allowed the winger to rebuild his career before he made the permanent move back to his birth country with IFK Norrköping.

Haksabanovic didn’t spend long back in Sweden during his second spell, joining Russian side Rubin Kazan just a year later and signing a five-year deal with the club.

However, his career was disrupted once again, with the Montenegro internationalist having his contract suspended by FIFA due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

The former West Ham youngster has since made a short-term move back to Sweden, where he spent six months on loan at Djurgardens IF.

With Rubin Kazan now looking to offload Hakshabanovic on a permanent basis, reports from Russian media outlet Sport-Express, have stated that the player was offered to Celtic this summer.

However, the Hoops ‘abandoned’ the idea of signing the Rubin Kazan player.

Celtic do have a recent working transfer relationship with Rubin Kazan, having signed central defender Carl Starfelt from the Russian side last summer.

But, if reports are to be believed, it doesn’t look like the two sides will be doing more business in the transfer market any time soon.

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After moving to Russia last summer in a €6.5 million move, there clearly appears to be a talented player who is available to buy.

Another attacking player has also been on the agenda for Ange Postecoglou this summer as he continues to build his squad for the season ahead.

With the current circumstances and difficulties surrounding buying players from Russia, it seems like a good call from the club to steer clear of this move, though.

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