Sead Haksabanovic speaks after signing for Celtic; contract details, squad number

By John McGinley

August 25, 2022

Celtic have announced the signing of Sead Haksabanovic from Rubin Kazan, in a statement posted to the official club website this afternoon.

The attacker has put pen to paper on a five-year contract, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2027.

Speaking after making everything official, the new Bhoys signing said: “It feels amazing. What I know about Celtic is only good things and I’m very happy to be here.

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“I heard about it around a month ago and as soon as I heard that Celtic wanted me I said to my agent that he had to make it happen because this is where I want to play. It’s an amazing club with good players, fans and history.

“I’ve been watching some games and I think the team play in the same style as me. I’ve been speaking to the manager as well and we had a good chat, speaking about how he sees me as a player and how he wants me to fit into his system and everything sounded good so that was it for me.

“I’m a playmaker with some flair, I’m good in one-on-ones, I have a powerful shot, I’m quick and I’ll give everything for this club. The team are doing great and I want to be part of that and make the fans, the club and myself happy.”

Haksabanovic will wear the number nine shirt, last worn by Leigh Griffiths.

He arrives as a versatile attacker who can play on both flanks, as well as through the middle, fulfilling Ange Postecoglou’s promise of signing a player who can play multiple positions, made in interviews a week or so ago.

The news has gone down well with supporters this afternoon, with the excitement of the Champions League draw to come shortly.

With Celtic set to embark on a hectic schedule of mid-week to weekend action right through to the World Cup, it won’t be long until Haksabanovic gets opportunities in Postecoglou’s team.

We’ll have lots more on how he fits into the set-up later this afternoon.

In other news, Scrutinised referee handed Celtic League Cup tie.