Oliver Abildgaard to Celtic looks imminent as midfielder arrives in Glasgow to sign

By Dave Flanigan

September 1, 2022

Oliver Abildgaard has arrived in Glasgow to complete a loan move to Celtic from Rubin Kazan, according to a report.

The 26 year old defensive midfielder was one of two players exiled from Rubin Kazan’s squad for this season as they sought moves out of the Russian Premier League following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, the other being new Celtic winger Sead Haksabanvoic.

Football Scotland are reporting that the Danish international will re-join his Montenegrin ex-teammate as well as Carl Starfelt in Glasgow, as Celtic look to complete their third signing from Rubin Kazan in a year.

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It’s not yet clear if there will be an option to buy in Celtic’s agreement with Kazan, but the club were keen to get the two wantaway players off their books due to financial constraints facing Russian clubs.

Prior to Celtic signing Haksabanovic, Kazan’s CEO Rustem Saimanov said of the two players: “We are in talks with them all the time. They are trying to leave somehow, but we do not let them go. The reason is that we are trying to get some money for them. Everything is in process.”

“Of course we’ve had our budget cut, a decent cut. Almost halved. There’s nothing to be surprised about. There’s always something going on and a minus budget. It seems that we`ve built a team. I want to note that no one gives us any money. No one has allocated a penny for all of our transfers.

“There is a certain budget. We try to do something in this budget. If we put together a good team, we were robbed again. We will somehow survive. But I am not worried, everything will be fine, everything will be fine.”

Abildgaard moved to Kazan from his boyhood club Aalborg in 2019, making 62 appearances for the Russian side, and scoring a single goal.

Should the move be completed, it looks to be a shrewd piece of business for Celtic, getting two internationals with good pedigree for a comparatively meagre fee.

Though he would offer a more a more defensive option in the Champions League, it’s likely that Abildgaard will miss Celtic’s opener against Real Madrid next week should his move be completed, as he is yet to play a game this season.

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