Celtic reject stars once again for Croatia v Azerbaijan

The Bhoys’ decision to pull out of a deal to sign Andrej Kramaric over the summer could come back to haunt them with the Croatian continuing to impress.

With every week that passes, Celtic’s decision to sign Stefan Scepovic over Andrej Kramaric this summer looks an increasingly poor choice with the latter continuing to shine for the Croatia national team while the former has so far failed to score for the Bhoys.

A variety of rumours circulated involving the two strikers over the summer, with the most popular being the suggestion that Scepovic tried to pull out of the deal after learning the Bhoys had failed to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.

For Kramaric, meanwhile, there were reports that Celtic baulked at the Croatian’s wage demands opting to instead sign the Yugoslavian as an alternative.

Whatever the truth may be of these two rumours, one thing looks certain – the Bhoys are unlikely to be in with a chance of signing Kramaric again after the player’s agent revealed, in an interview with the Daily Record, that the club had stood them up for a hastily-arranged meeting prior to the close of the transfer window.

"Celtic left us standing outside in the rain ... I will never deal with them again," he told the news provider at the time.

And while time will tells as to whether Scepovic proves to be a poor signing for the Scots, it’s already becoming apparent that Celtic missed out on a real gem in the Croatian striker.

A tally of 10 goals in 13 appearances for Rijeka this term is impressive enough, with Kramaric finding the net both domestically and in Europe, but it’s at international level where the 23-year-old has shown his worth, having scored in two of Croatia’s three Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Likely to be something approaching hot transfer property come January, it’s looking increasingly likely that Celtic will rue the day they left Kramaric standing in the rain.

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