Ex-Rangers man and agent Craig Moore – who has worked with Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou – has played down talk of a deal for Mario Vuskovic.
Moore claimed that the 19-year-old reported Celtic target has already snubbed a move to Swiss side FC Basel, and is also attracting interest from the Eredivisie in Dutch side Feyenoord.
The young Hajduk Split defender has been omitted from the squad for recent friendly games, adding further fuel to speculation that a Parkhead move could be on the cards – but Moore has rubbished the suggestion that he is a serious option for Celtic.
“I’ve been quite close to this one. And it’s a little bit cold, I mean I’ve seen it in the media a lot.
“Certainly, hasn’t been coming out from my side or anything like that but look, Vuskovic is a is a fantastic player. Thirty-nine games in the Croatian top flight.
“A 19-year-old, he’s had interest from Basel which he knocked back. He’s had interest from Feyenoord.
“There’s a lot of clubs sniffing him out. But at this moment in time, I don’t think it’s something that Celtic are seriously looking at. I think they’re looking for someone a little bit more experienced.”
Celtic have also been linked with a move for Carl Starfelt in a £4 million move.
Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Celtic are in talks with parent club Rubin Kazan for the 3-cap Sweden international.
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Vuskovic would certainly represent a versatile exciting prospect, given that he is seen as one of the Croatian league’s most sought-after youngsters.
However, with the likes of Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide already through the doors of Paradise Ange Postecoglou could look for more experience in his backline reinforcements.
A noted ball-player that boasts his league’s highest passing accuracy, 26-year-old Starfelt could be the ‘experienced’ option that Postecoglou purportedly desires.