Malmo striker Nikola Djurdjic sends warning to Celtic, two years after failed Bhoys transfer

Malmo striker Nikola Djurdjic claims Celtic wanted to sign him in 2013.

Malmo hitman Nikola Djurdjic has told The Scottish Sun that he is looking forward to facing Celtic tonight, having seen a move to the Bhoys collapse in 2013.

Djurdjic, 29, joined Malmo on loan from German side Augsburg last month, and with three goals in four games for the Swedish outfit, he has certainly made a strong to life with the club.

The Serbian will be relied upon tonight as Malmo make the trip to Glasgow in order to face Celtic in their Champions League clash, with both teams just one step away from the group stage.

Djurdjic has already faced Celtic once before having scored twice for Greuther Furth in a 6-2 pre-season friendly victory for the Germans back in 2013 - and now the striker has opened up about how close he was to joining Celtic.

The striker claimed to The Scottish Sun that Celtic had a 'big interest' in signing him following that performance, but he then tore his anterior cruciate ligament, meaning the deal collapsed despite contact between Celtic and Djurdjic's agent.

Now, Djurdjic is looking to ruin Celtic's Champions League hopes tonight - and fired a warning to the Bhoys that he is looking to show them what they are missing.

"There was definitely big interest in me from Celtic after I scored a couple of goals in that game," said Djurdjic. "They had their best team out but we won 6-2 and I scored two and had two assists. It’s one of my best matches."

"The problem was I picked up an ACL injury so I was out for six months and that scuppered any chance of a move. You never know what would have happened if I hadn’t picked up the injury."

"There was a big interest, for sure. I was interested in a move to Celtic at that time and they contacted my agent. It would be nice to show the fans of Celtic why they were interested in me — and hopefully what they missed out on," he added.

Djurdjic's career hasn't gone according to plan since his injury, but he can certainly restore of his reputation with another outstanding performance tonight - and another two goals against the Bhoys this evening could see Ronny Deila's Champions League hopes in tatters.

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