ANGE POSTECOGLOU has refused to rule out a deadline-beating move for Danish midfielder Oliver Abildgaard.

The 26 year-old is on the brink of becoming the Celtic manager’s NINTH signing of the transfer window before the midnight deadline this evening.

Postecoglou gave new Bhoy Sead Haksabanovic his first appearance as a 76th-minute substitute in the 4-1 Premier Sports League Cup win over Ross County in Dingwall and the gaffer hinted at more business to be done, as CQN reported last night.

GAME ON…Ange Postecoglou watches the action in Dingwall.

The delighted Greek-Australian, who watched skipper Callum McGregor, Giorgos Giakoumakis, Daizen Maeda and James Forrest hoist the team’s goal tally to 25 after six games, reacted to questions after the victory set up a quarter-final clash with Motherwell at Fir Park next month.

Asked what the Hoops fans can anticipate on deadline day, Postecoglou, speaking to Premier Sports, replied: “They can expect some transfers and ins and outs.

“We will see what happens over the next 24 hours.”

Rubin Kazan’s anchorman Abildgaard was mentioned as a possibility to reunite with his former Russian club colleagues Carl Starfelt and Haksabanovic and Postecoglou responded: “It’s definitely a name.

“There has been a lot of names. Obviously, there are still 24 hours to go and some outgoings we are still working on, as well. We will see how things fall over the next 24 hours.”

SMILES BETTER…Ange Postecoglou answers the questions on Premier Sports after Celtic’s 4-1 triumph.

Postecoglou has worked extremely hard in his third transfer window since arrival as Neil Lennon’s long-term successor in June last year.

He arranged permanent contracts with Filipe Jota, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Maeda while spending £3.75million on Argentinian left-back Alexandro Bernabei and £1.7million on Haksabanovic.

He also brought in free agents Aaron Mooy, the Australian World Cup midfielder, and Swiss keeper Benji Siegrist as well as central defender Moritz Jenz on a season-long loan from French top-flight outfit Lorient.

Abildgaard could be the final piece in his transfer jigsaw until the window reopens in January.


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