Celtic are reportedly keeping tabs on Rubin Kazan winger Sead Haksabanovic, with the player potentially available for a knockdown fee this summer.
According to the Daily Record, the 23-year-old is still ‘on the list’ of potential targets for the Parkhead club in the current transfer window, with manager Ange Postecoglou believed to be keen on adding to his summer spend.
The report suggests that the Montenegro international could be sold for a ‘slashed price’ or be allowed to leave on a temporary deal by his current club, having recently spent time on loan in Sweden after his contract was suspended amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Previous reports earlier this summer had suggested that the Premiership champions had turned down the chance to sign the former West Ham United attacker, although this latest suggestion is that the 28-cap gem remains on the Hoops’ radar.
The one-time Irons winger – who made just two senior appearances during his time in England – could well add further attacking depth to Postecoglou’s ranks, with the versatile gem having the ability to feature on either flank as a wide forward or midfielder, or in an attacking midfield role behind a number nine.
In a career which has largely seen the £4.95m-rated man flit between clubs in Sweden, where he was born, the 5 foot 9 gem’s best spell arguably came at IFK Norrkoping, as he recorded a remarkable haul of 46 goal involvements in just 75 games in all competitions for the club.
Dubbed “fantastic” by his former boss Rikard Norling, Haksabanovic also caught the eye in his most recent spell at Djugardens IF, scoring two goals and providing two assists in just 11 appearances after joining back in March.
A clearly talented individual who can create goals and also score them himself, the former Malaga loanee could well prove to be the long-term heir to current Hoops idol James Forrest, with the Scotsman also offering a dynamic threat from the flanks.
Injuries have somewhat hampered his impact at Parkhead in recent years, although the £19k-per-week speedster still remains a hugely reliable figure for the club, with Stefan Bienkowski dubbing him “Celtic and Scotland’s most underrated player” last year.
Also labelled a “homegrown hero” by The Sporting News journalist Sean Markus Clifford, the 31-year-old has enjoyed a glittering spell at the club so far, notably winning ten league titles since making his debut back in 2010, scoring 97 goals and providing 98 assists in 445 games across all fronts.
While the Lennoxtown academy graduate is seemingly far from the end of his career – having only recently signed a new three-year deal – there is no denying that his influence has waned a bit of late, making just 17 starts in all competitions last season.
There will come a point when the Premiership champions may need to phase Forrest out of the team as the years progress, with Haksabanovic possibly offering a young and hungry presence who can potentially prove to be the 31-year-old’s successor on the flanks at Parkhead.