Fabricio Bruno has spoken out about his attempted move to Celtic in January which fell through amid legal issues with his former club, in conversation with the Daily Record.
The 24-year-old was on the radar of Hoops manager Neil Lennon at the start of the year, and looked to make the move from Cruzeiro after they were relegated for the first time in their history.
At the end of 2019, Cruzeiro president Marcio Rodrigues claimed that Celtic’s £3million bid fell short of his valuation, while speaking to GloboEsporte.
The move then collapsed after Bruno took his club to court over unpaid wages and image rights, and he eventually signed for Red Bull Bragantino in a reported £2million deal (The Scottish Sun) after he was allowed to rip his contract up.
Bruno has expressed his disappointment about failing to seal a move to Celtic, but stressed that he doesn’t blame the Hoops for the deal falling apart.
“I don’t regret what I did with Cruzeiro,” the Brazilian told the Daily Record. “I was a professional and had to think about my family. There was no proposal from them. The only way out was to go to court. Cruzeiro owed me four months in wages and ten months of image rights.
“It all started when Celtic came to talk to me and I went to Cruzeiro together with my representative. But Cruzeiro refused to negotiate with them. It was a difficult situation and I had to look at the personal side of it. Some fans called me ungrateful and mercenary, but it was the other way around.
“I tried to get the club some money with this transfer. I tried to tell to them to negotiate with Celtic, but they would not. I had no choice, but to take Cruzeiro to court.
“Celtic came back for me, but they had to pull out because I wouldn’t get a decision from the court until February 6 and that was too late for them. It was very unfortunate for them. I won the case, but I just wanted to get on with my life and my career.”
Celtic may have some decent defenders in their ranks, with Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien having forged a great partnership at the back.
Given Jozo Simunovic’s struggles for fitness and form, however, there was definitely scope for Lennon to bring in some more strength in depth.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be for either Celtic or Bruno, given the latter’s legal troubles with his former club, but it’s nice to know how much he wanted to join the Hoops.