CELTIC are poised to scrap Oliver Abildgaard’s loan contract – SIX MONTHS early.
The Danish international midfielder looks to be on his way back to Rubin Kazan when the transfer window opens next week.
Abildgaard has failed to impress after joining the champions in the summer on an original season-long deal, but that is about to be cut short, according to reports in the Russian media.
NOW YOU SEE ME…Oliver Abildgaard moves away from Motherwell’s Callum Slattery in what could be his final appearance for Celtic in the 2-1 win at Fir Park last month.
Ange Postecoglou raided the Russian club on two previous occasions to splash £4.2million on central defender Carl Starfelt and £1.7million on Montenegro international forward Sead Haksabanovic.
The Greek-Australian gaffer returned for a third time for Abildgaard, but the 26-year-old anchorman has not had the anticipated impact.
He has yet to start a game for the champions and his nine appearances have all come off the bench. He hasn’t featured since replacing Aaron Mooy 10 minutes from time during the Hoops’ 2-1 win over Motherwell at Fir Park on November 9.
Now reports in Russia indicate Celtic and Rubin Kazan have reached an agreement to rip up the loan deal and terminate his time in Scotland, as mentioned in the Glasgow Times.
PARADISE – FOR THE TIME BEING…Oliver Abildgaard poses beside the Celtic crest at Parkhead on the day he agreed his loan switch to the champions.
It’s unclear what the immediate future holds for the towering middle-of-the-park operator.
His parent club, for whom he made 62 appearances, are likely to attempt to secure another temporary switch and a return to Danish football cannot be ruled out.
Abildgaard, capped once by his country, moved from Aalborg to Rubin two years ago.
Postecoglou is about to unveil his sixth J-League signing, Tomoki Iwata, a defensive midfielder from Yokohama F Marinos, within the next week or so.