Date: 16th September 2020 at 10:00am
Written by: Peter Graham

Celtic may just have completed the signing of Shane Duffy from Brighton on a one-year loan deal, however, it would appear that Neil Lennon is looking to add further reinforcements to his defence, according to a report in The Daily Record.

Rubin Kazan’s skipper, Filip Uremovic, is the latest name to be linked with a move to Parkhead but the recently capped Croatian international has been told by his club’s sporting director that he is going nowhere.

When asked about recent speculation linking the 23-year old with a move from Russia, Oleg Yarovinksy said:

“Celtic and CSKA Moscow both came to us and asked about signing Filip.

“We never got as far as discussing the transfer fee, but we were in contact with both clubs.

“I am very confident he is going to be a top defender one day at a very big club and it is important for him to make the right move eventually.

“But for now, Filip is not for sale.”

The Record claims that Uremovic is a long-term target and that he was on a shortlist of potential players before Christopher Jullien arrived for £7million from Toulouse last summer.

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It may be that the Croatian is being lined up as a replacement for Kris Ajer with the Norwegian’s future at Celtic still up in the air despite continuing to be picked by Neil Lennon.

With the gaffer resorting back to his preferred 3-5-2 system, additional cover for the middle of defence would allow him to rotate players rather than having to play the likes of Nir Bitton and Hatem Elhamed out of position and Uremovic would not only provide that, but would also be a sound investment for the future given his obvious potential – if he is allowed to leave Rubin that is.