Sead Haksabanovic makes class Celtic leadership vow

By John McGinley

January 22, 2023

Sead Haksabanovic has only been at Celtic for a matter of months but is ready to help out even newer signings settle into the Bhoys squad.

Haksabanovic has impressed supporters in his initial showings for Celtic. After a few fitness and injury issues, he is primed to step up and become an even more important member of Ange Postecoglou’s team.

He’s happy with life at the Bhoys and reckons he can play a crucial role in preparing the likes of Tomoki Iwata and Yuki Kobayashi for the Celtic experience moving forward.

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As quoted by The Sunday Post [22/01 print edition, Post Match supplement page 4], Haksabanovic said: “I am in here now. I know the players on and off the pitch, I know what the manager wants from us and from me, and I am good with it all.

“I think we are strong together. So my focus is very much on doing the things I can do well as best as I can to try to contribute to our success.

“I know what it is like, so I am trying my best to make them feel comfortable and at home here. If there is anything they do not understand in terms of what is happening in training, I will explain it.

“It will be a big change for them, especially Yuki and Tomoki. So I try to speak them, and have a joke with them a little bit when the moment arises. The main thing for new players is what happens on the pitch, so I will really try to help out as much as I can there.”

With Josip Juranovic’s exit, Celtic have lost a strong and popular voice in the dressing room so Haksabanovic’s comments are well-timed. We need new players to come forward and show support to established leaders such as Callum McGregor, Greg Taylor and Joe Hart.

The best of Haksabanovic as an individual has yet to come but having returned to action off the bench against St Mirren and Greenock Morton, it could be on the way shortly.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s glowing tribute to Josip Juranovic as Croatian exits Celtic Park.