Sead Haksabanovic already knows some Celtic heroes; shares text exchanges that helped signing

By Dave Flanigan

August 25, 2022

New Celtic signing Sead Haksabanovic has told of the messages exchanged between himself and his old Rubin Kazan teammate Carl Starfelt that helped sell him on the move to Glasgow.

Haksabanovic was signed by Rubin Kazan last summer from Norkopping and shared a dressing room with Starfelt for a few weeks before the Swede’s move to Glasgow, and the 23 year old has revealed that the centre half is just one of a few current Celtic stars he’s shared a dressing room with.

Speaking to the Celtic website upon his unveiling, he said: “I know that Henrik Larsson is a big legend here and I know his son really well. Hopefully I can do something similar to him which is very hard to achieve but I’m going to try my best.

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“I know Joe Hart and Albian Ajeti from West Ham and I spent some time with Carl in Russia.

“He saw somewhere that I was linked to Celtic and he wrote to me but I didn’t want to say too much, I just asked him about the club and he only said good things, so I can’t wait to get started now.”

Familiar faces in unfamiliar territory for Haksabanovic

Although not essential to a footballer settling in a new country, it always helps when there’s a few familiar faces in the dressing room to help particularly younger players adjust to their surroundings.

Whilst Albian Ajeti is likely to look for a move before the end of the transfer window next week, Hart and particularly Starfelt’s presence will be a welcome bonus for Haksabanovic as he settles into life in Glasgow.

It will likely take a little time to get him fully up to speed, the 23 year old hasn’t played since the conclusion of the Swedish Allsvenskan in June whilst on loan at Djurgardens, and as played no part in Kazan’s season so far.

He’ll have plenty of time to adjust too, with Celtic having no shortage of options in the versatile Montenegrin’s favoured positions, so there should be little pressure on him to immediately come into the side from the start in the coming weeks.

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