SEAD HAKSABANOVIC completed the first half of his Celtic debut campaign as a winner.

The Sweden-born Montenegro international winger swept in the points-clincher in the 2-1 victory over Ross County last month before the club action was interrupted by the World Cup Finals in Qatar.

Haksabanovic, a bargain £1.7million buy from Rubin Kazan in late August, had to wait until November 5 to get his breakthrough strike for the champions and he enjoyed the experience so much he added a quickfire second.

The lively 23-year-old tucked away a double against Dundee United at Parkhead as the Hoops eventually claimed a 4-2 victory with late goals from Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada.

UP, UP AND AWAY…Sead Haksabanovic skips over a slide challenge from Motherwell defender Ricki Lamie in Celtic’s 2-1 win at Fir Park last month.

Haksabanovic, who has just been named Premiership Player on the Month for November, is aiming to take up where he left off when Ange Postecoglou’s side take on Aberdeen at Pittodrie this afternoon.

The modest raider said: “I think I’ve done alright and, hopefully, I can get more goals and more assists to help the team win. I’m enjoying myself.

“It’s good that we are back playing games because that is what you want to do as a player. The break has been good, I’ve spent time with my family and everything, but I’m happy to be back

“We know it’s going to be a tough game, there are no easy games in this league, so everybody needs to be focused on being 100 per cent.

“Hopefully, we can get a good result and then move on from there.”

B-R-R-R-ILLIANT TO BE BACK…a wrapped-up Sead Haksabanovic at Lennoxtown during the week as he prepares for this afternoon’s match against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Accepting the individual award after his exciting introduction to life as a Hoops star, Haksabanovic, speaking to Celtic TV, added: “I didn’t expect it.

“I know what I can do, but I didn’t expect to win Player of the Month, but I’m just happy for myself and for the team.

“I would say there is more to come from me. I came without playing any games and now I have some games in me, so I can improve every day out there training and in working hard.

“Hopefully, I can do more, and score more goals.”

Haksabanovic may very well get that opportunity at Pittodrie today.

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