Celtic star who will look to get the most out of September international break

By Lewis Laird

September 19, 2022

The international break could prove to be a valuable two weeks for Celtic summer signing Oliver Abildgaard.

The 26-year-old arrived at Parkhead from Russian side Rubin Kazan, following former teammate Sead Haksabanovic to Glasgow.

Abildgaard became Ange Postecoglou’s final addition of a busy transfer window, adding a key piece to the squad that the Celtic boss was hunting for all summer.

Despite joining on the 1st of September, the Danish internationalist is still waiting to make his Celtic debut.

After several months without competitive action, Ange Postecoglou granted the central midfielder with some time to build up his fitness.

The former Aalborg man looks to be edging closer to making his Celtic debut, having featured within Postecoglou’s squad on the bench against Shakhtar Donetsk and St Mirren.

However, the Parkhead faithful are still awaiting their first sighting of the Celtic boss’ newest addition to the squad in the summer.

With the Hoops now headed into the international break and several first-team stars breaking off to join their nations, the next few weeks could prove to be a valuable period of time for Abildgaard to work on the training ground.

The midfielder is likely to be working closely alongside the staff at Lennoxtown to continue improving his fitness ahead of the Bhoys’ return to action at the beginning of October.

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Abildgaard could prove to be important player for Celtic as hectic fixture schedule ramps up.

As mentioned, there was a lot of excitement surrounding Abildgaard upon his arrival, and the run of up-and-coming fixtures in October could showcase exactly why that was justified.

Next month, the Hoops will be involved in a total of nine games within 30 days, in Scottish Premiership, Premier Sports cup and Champions League action.

You would imagine that Abildgaard is very keen to be involved, and I am sure the Celtic manager will be just as eager to see his final summer signing get some game time in the next few months.

So, this period during the international break will be crucial for the midfielder as he continues to get up to speed with the workings of his Celtic teammates.

Personally, I believe that Abildgaard could be a huge player for us this season, and hopefully, we can get our first glimpses of that in the coming month.

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