Celtic held talks over a deal for Rubin Kazan captain Filip Uremovic but, speaking to the Daily Record, sporting director Oleg Yarovinsky has made it clear that the defender will not be going anywhere between now and October’s transfer deadline.
Just because Shane Duffy has arrived on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, do not assume that Celtic have drawn a line under their pursuit of new centre-halves.
There is still a chance that Kristoffer Ajer could be packing his bags and heading for the exit over the next few weeks, with clubs in England and Italy running out of time before the window slams shut.
And Uremovic looks like a ready-made replacement for the marauding Norwegian.
The Scottish Premiership champions were keen last year and, according to Rubin Kazan’s sporting director, Celtic renewed their interest in the technically-gifted, ball-playing centre-half earlier this summer.
“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,” Yarovinsky says.
“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.”
Speaking to Championat in 2019, Uremovic himself admitted that he had held talks with Celtic before the Glasgow giants opted to invest £7 million in Christopher Jullien instead.
The 23-year-old Croatia international is already the captain of one of Russia’s biggest clubs.
This natural-born leader was always likely to catch the eye, particularly in an era where defenders need to be as gifted with the ball as they are without it.
Celtic’s record transfer sales
£25 million (Arsenal)
£19.7 million (Lyon)
£12.5 million (Southampton)
Virgil van Dijk
£11.5 million (Southampton)
£10 million (Southampton)