Kristijan Lovric has started following Celtic on Instagram amid claims that the Croatian winger could be on his way to Glasgow this summer.
If that sentence made you roll your eyes and long for the ‘good old days’, it is worth pointing out that, in an age dominated by social media, you can get a good idea of where a player is likely to go by checking out his IG activity.
In mid-June, Lewis Bate let the cat out of the bag by following pretty much the entirety of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad on Instagram, days before his move from Chelsea to Elland Road was made official.
Rangers newbie Fashion Sakala, meanwhile, was scrolling through the profiles of Borna Barisic, Allan McGregor, James Tavernier and co long before he was being unveiled at Ibrox.
So the fact that Lovric is suddenly taking an interest in all things Celtic – less than a week after Croatian publication Index linked the winger with a move to the green half of Glasgow – is probably no coincidence.
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Lovric is now following Celtic’s official page, as well as one prominent ‘fan zone’ account.
It seems that Lovric is taking an interest in Celtic’s European prospects too, ‘liking’ a post announcing that Ange Postecoglou’s side would be taking on Jablonec in the Europa League qualifiers.
Valued at around £4 million, Lovric’s outstanding performances for HNK Gorica last season certainly suggest that he would be capable of filling a void created by the departure of Moi Elyounoussi at the end of last season.
Skilful, explosive and a big threat from set-pieces, he contributed an impressive 18 goals and seven assists in 2020/21 – not bad for a player who tends to strut his stuff on the left-hand side.
“He dribbles and scores in the style of Robben, shoots like Pirlo or Pjanic and knows how to sprint like Mbappe. It may be a little exaggerated to compare him to such players, but it can also be true,” Croatian football expert Damir Petravic once said of Lovric.