Amir Rrahmani picked Hellas Verona over Celtic in the summer transfer window, his agent has told Calcio Hellas.
Adrian Aliaj revealed that Celtic and Standard Liege tried to sign Rrahmani from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer. But he linked up with Ivan Juric at Verona instead.
Rrahmani now plays in the Serie A and Aliaj is pleased with the decision. Juric and Rrahmani can converse in Croatian and test himself in the Italian top-flight. The towering defender, who stands at 6ft 4in tall, has already chalked up eight outings for his new club.
Aliaj on Rrahmani’s move
It does not seem like Aliaj or Rrahmani regret the decision to snub Celtic’s interest. Aliaj told Calcio Hellas: “Amir speaks Croatian having played in an important team like Dinamo Zagreb, who recently beat Atalanta 4-0 in the Champions League.
“He had played in the Europa League and came from an already good level. Juric was also important for me as an agent, because in the summer there were Standard Liege and Celtic on the player, but seeing that he was on the Hellas bench we decided with Amir to make this choice.”
Rrahmani was one of a number of defensive targets for Celtic in the summer. His experience with Dinamo Zagreb made him an interesting option but Neil Lennon had other choices too.
Eventually, Celtic signed Christopher Jullien, who has been a hit so far. But the Kosovo international could have eased the selection problems for Lennon during a recent mini injury crisis at the back.