Late night delight as Celtic confirm Ange Postecoglou's final transfer move; contract explained

By John McGinley

September 2, 2022

Celtic confirmed the signing of Oliver Abildgaard in the final hour of the transfer window last night, delighting supporters who had stayed up for a late bit of news.

Abildgaard has arrived at the club on a one-year deal and will immediately compete for a midfield spot in the manager’s increasingly competitive squad. The move wasn’t announced as a loan, as widely reported elsewhere.

The Danish international has signed from Russian side Rubin Kazan and, while there’s not yet confirmation of this, looks to have suspended his contract there for the season in line with FIFA regulations regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Foreign players registered in Russia have been granted special dispensation to effectively freeze their contracts for the season in 2022/23 and sign for clubs abroad.

Regardless of the exact circumstances, which I am sure Ange Postecoglou will expand on later, Abildgaard is here for the coming campaign at least.

A physical, defensive midfielder, the 26-year-old looks to be the final piece of the squad-building puzzle for Postecoglou, who was consistently linked to players with a similar profile throughout the entire summer.

Abildgaard’s arrival provides a different option in the middle of the park and real tactical versatility should Postecoglou be minded to field a more robust and protective midfield three.

The Dane becomes the club’s ninth summer signing following deals for Daizen Maeda, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Jota, Ben Siegrist, Alexandro Bernabei, Aaron Mooy, Moritz Jenz, Sead Haksabanovic.

It’s been a fantastic window and we’ll have lots more reaction as the day progresses!

In other news, Giorgos Giakoumakis sends a brilliant thank you to Celtic supporters on Instagram.