The first Celtic exit of the last days of the transfer window has been confirmed, as the Hoops announced on Twitter that Albian Ajeti has left the club to join Sturm Graz on loan for the rest of the season.
Twitter: Albian Ajeti has joined SK Sturm Graz on a season-long loan.
Best of luck, Albian https://t.co/3aqklX1jWH (@CelticFC)
Interestingly, the BBC reports that the loan deal includes an option to buy, which means that if the Swiss striker does well at his new club, he could well join on a permanent basis.
Even if the player doesn’t do that well at Graz, it would be a surprise to see him ever play for the Hoops again, as he has been surplus to requirement at Celtic Park for almost the entire time that Ange Postecoglu has been the Hoops manager.
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Ange Postecoglou has done well so far this season in getting fringe players off the books, with the exits of Vasilis Barkas and now Ajeti the most notable departures, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see a few more fringe players exit before the transfer window closes tonight.
It could be a frantic end to the transfer window for the Hoops, as you have to think that with the exit of Ajeti confirmed, the club will be looking to replace him with another striker, and the Hoops will need to move fast to get a player in before the deadline.
That might not be the only area that Celtic will be looking to strengthen in, and it would not be a surprise to see the Bhoys look to bring in a defensive midfielder of sorts.
The lack of a natural replacement for the departed Nir Bitton has been discussed a lot over the summer, and the Hoops have less than 24 hours to get a deal done if the Bhoys want to bring a player in for that position.
The Hoops might well be on the way to addressing the defensive midfielder issue as transfer guru Fabrizio Romano is reporting that the Hoops are set to sign Oliver Abildgaard from Rubin Kazan.
Twitter: Celtic are now set to sign Danish midfielder Oliver Abildgaard. Deal in place, agreement has been reached now waiti… https://t.co/J1ul7WFa2l (@FabrizioRomano)
The outgoings will also be interesting as well, it will be intriguing to see if any clubs interested in Matt O’Riley make a move for the player, which will hopefully be turned down by the Hoops, as there is no need at the moment to sell any of the first-team squad no matter how much money is offered.
One player who seems set to leave Celtic is Mikey Johnston, as The Athletic’s Kieran Devlin is reporting that the winger is set to join Vitoria Guimaraes on loan.
Twitter: Mikey Johnston is expected to join Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes on a season-long loan today. (@NoNotThatDevlin)
It promises to be an exciting end to the transfer window, and hopefully Celtic will come out of it stronger than ever.