Oliver Abildgaard reveals family connection to Celtic, clues in supporters on playing style

By John McGinley

September 2, 2022

Oliver Abildgaard has revealed that his uncle and grandfather are supporters of Celtic, the latter of whom lives in Aberdeen.

Abildgaard’s first interview with the Bhoys also included a picture of him in a Celtic kit on his 9th birthday, suggesting this is a move that’s a long time in the making for the Dane.

The 26-year-old was delighted speaking to club media and is clearly relishing the opportunity to work with this group of players.

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He told Celtic TV: “This is a day I’ve been very much looking forward to ever since I heard the possibility of coming here. I’ve been following the highlights recently, ever since I heard about the interest, and I’ve also been keeping my eye on Carl Starfelt as well ever since he moved here a year ago.

“He’s been amazed by the club ever since he came here, and the life in Glasgow as well. He’s enjoying it very much and he’s only told me good things about it.

“My main strengths are as a holding midfielder, and I’ll do whatever the manager and the coaching staff will require from me. Due to my physique, I’m very strong, I will win my duels, and I’m able to be the link between our defence and our attacking players.

“At all times it would be perfect to come here but, of course, with these big games coming up, I’m really looking forward to feeling the atmosphere, not only in the stadium but also in the city. I’ve only heard very good things about the fans and the culture of the club. It goes without saying how big the fanbase and I’m just looking forward to being part of it.”

Postecoglou has spoken publicly recently about his desire to have a squad full of players who have different attributes from one another, and Abildgaard certainly appears a unique option in this group.

At 6ft 4in, he can be a dominant presence in the middle of the park and help screen the defensive line, as well as quickly spark counters and attacking moves.

He offers a playing style that no one else at the club has, and I’m eager to see how it functions in the system that the manager has built. Hopefully, it won’t be too long until we see a debut!

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