SEAD HAKSABANOVIC celebrates his 24th birthday today – and hopes to continue in party mode until the end of the season.

Ange Postecoglou paid a bargain £1.7million for the Sweden-born Montenegro international winger from Rubin Kazan in the summer.

The Hoops manager had raided the Russian club for central defender Carl Starfelt in a £4.2million swoop the previous year.

HAPPY DAZE…Sead Haksabanovic and Filipe Jota celebrate the Scottish Cup semi-final win at the weekend.

Haksabanovic is settling in well at the champions and has become a key squad player while claiming five goals from only seven starts.

The 34 times-capped forward, who has made 24 appearances for the Hoops, had to wait until November 5 to claim his breakthrough strike which he managed with the opener in the 4-2 win over Dundee United at Parkhead. He followed up with his second goal in the same game.

Haksabanovic lifted his first piece of silverware with Postecoglou’s side when he came on as a late substitute for Daizen Maeda in the 2-1 League Cup Final success over Michael Beale’s Ibrox outfit in February.

He played his part, too, in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final victory over the Govan club when he replaced matchwinner Filipe Jota in the 66th minute.

ON THE RUN…Sead Haksabanovic leaves Connor Goldson and Ben Davies in his slipstream during the 2-1 League Cup Final victory in February.

The energetic flanker hopes to get the nod to face Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday when he can claim his first championship medal with Celtic.

And there is also the Scottish Cup Final against Inverness Caley Thistle at Hampden on Saturday June 3 where he could get the opportunity to bring down the curtain on his debut crusade at Parkhead with a hat-trick of medals.

From all at CQN, our loyal readers and the Celtic fans we say: Happy birthday, Haksa!

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