Neil Lennon’s Celtic have enquired about Filip Uremovic, according to Rubin Kazan’s sporting director.
The Hoops were in the market for a central defender earlier this summer, eventually bringing in Republic of Ireland captain Shane Duffy on loan from English side Brighton.
Rubin Kazan sporting director Oleg Yarovinsky has now claimed that Celtic were back in again for Uremovic, according to the Daily Record.
The outlet claims that Celtic were first linked with the 23-year-old last summer before they signed Christopher Jullien.
“Celtic and CSKA Moscow both came to us and asked about signing Filip,” is quoted by the Daily Record as saying.
“We never got as far as discussing the transfer fee, but we were in contact with both clubs.
“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.”
Uremovic, whose contract runs until 2024, made his international debut for Croatia earlier this month, going down to a 4-2 defeat in France.
Although Celtic succeeded in bringing Duffy to Parkhead on a one-year loan, continued speculation over Kristoffer Ajer’s future means Lennon can’t rest easy just yet on the centre-back front.
Uremovic is clearly a talented and hard-working defender, having clocked up over 50 competitive appearances for Rubin Kazan and becoming captain despite his young age, as well as earning his first Croatia cap.
However, he penned a new long-term contract late last year and could potentially become an even bigger asset for his club both in terms of on-pitch contributions and market value, so it’s unsurprising to see Yarovinsky take such a hard-line stance.