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Rubin Kazan’s Filip Uremovic Claims He Almost Signed for Celtic This Summer

Rubin Kazan’s Filip Uremovic Claims He Almost Signed for Celtic This Summer

Rubin Kazan‘s Croatiain defender Filip Uremovic has claimed he came close to signing for Celtic this summer.

The towering 22-year-old centre-back is an Under-21 international and made 27 appearances in the Russian Premier League last season, following a move from Olimpija Ljubljana in his homeland in 2018.

It looks like Uremovic will now be staying put in Kazan, but apparently he was almost heading for Glasgow, according to the player himself.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has spent the majority of his transfer budget on rebuilding the Hoops’ defence with the likes of Hatem Abd Elhamed, Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli all arriving during the current transfer window.

Speaking to media outlets in Russia, via HITC, Uremovic explained: “I had the option to move to Celtic this summer, but the transfer did not happen.

“I don’t look as it as a bad thing because it meant I’m staying at Rubin and I am very happy here.

“The main reason I talked to Celtic was because of the attraction of them playing in the Champions League.

“But the reason the deal didn’t take place was because they went out and signed another player instead.

“I’m not bitter about it because I’ve had a good season so far and there is a really good atmosphere at the club.”

Celtic will take on CFR Cluj in the Champions League third qualifying round tonight, with Slavia Prague potentially lying in wait in the playoff round.

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