Rubin Kazan director hails 'miracle' Celtic deal for Haksabanovic

By Dave Flanigan

August 27, 2022

Rubin Kazan’s sporting director has labelled the fee received by the club from Celtic for Montenegro winger Sead Haksabanovic as “a miracle”.

Celtic announced the signing of the 23-year-old on Thursday for a reported €2million, a deal which the former Hull DOF Oleg Yarovinsky believes is a significant one.

As reported by Sport 24 (Translated using DeepL Translate), Yarovinsky said: “On the sale of Haksabanovic to Celtic, we managed to recoup significant funds, which in today’s realities can be called a miracle. The fact that we were able to get live money in such circumstances is a great success.

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“I will not comment on the sum. Of course, when we took him, we were counting on a much better resale. Of course, the departure of such a player is a loss for Rubin.”

Haksabanovic follows Carl Starfelt to Paradise, the Swede also trading Kazan for Glasgow last summer.

The winger has played no part in Kazan’s season so far and is therefore unlikely to be involved when Ange Postecoglou’s side travel to Tannadice to take on Dundee United tomorrow.

A deal that suits all parties

On its face, the Haksabanovic transfer is one that suits all parties involved.

Celtic have recruited a highly versatile player who can fill multiple positions in the side, and may well have a very high ceiling, potentially improving the starting XI straight from the off.

For the Haksabanobvic, he’s found a new home with some familiar faces, and an adoring fanbase if he’s able to kick on with a career that has stalled amidst the uncertainty surrounding sport in Russia following the county’s invasion of Ukraine

In their troubling financial state following various sanctions placed on Russian clubs, Rubin Kazan have recouped funds for a player whom they could have lost for nothing, with FIFA regulations allowing the likes of Jordan Larsson to leave Spartak Moscow for nothing.

Some deals just make sense for everyone, let’s hope Haksabanovic can deliver on the pitch when up to speed and ready to play.

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