Celtic were reportedly one of the clubs interested in Amir Rrahmani before the joined Hellas Verona this summer. According to Belgian media outlet DH, Celtic were battling Standard Liege and Amiens for £1.8m-rated Rrahmani in the summer.
But the Kosovo international moved from Dinamo Zagreb to Hellas Verona instead to pursue his career in Italy. Last night, he was in action against England. And he had an evening to forget in Southampton as his side crashed to a 5-3 defeat.
Rrahmani struggles against rampant England
England hosted Kosovo at Wembley on the back of a 4-0 win over Bulgaria. But the Kosovans started brightly and took the lead within the first minute. England roared back, though, and were 5-1 up at half-time.
Rrahmani struggled to contain a rampant attack of Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. The Kosovo skipper was turned by Sterling for Kane’s goal and he also gave away a penalty in the second half (which was missed by Kane).
While no Scottish Premiership teams feature forwards of this calibre, Rrahmani’s defensive frailties were ruthlessly exposed. He might struggle in Europe, too.
Rrahmani already playing regularly in Italy
The towering central defender is already a regular at Hellas Verona since his summer move. He has played in both of their Serie A games, keeping one clean sheet, and in the cup for his new club.
But the real test will come when he faces some quality opposition. Having played against Bologna and Lecce, Hellas Verona now host AC Milan at the weekend. This is followed by a trip to Turin to take on Serie A champions Juventus and both games will be real indicators of Rrahmani’s ability.
Celtic signed Jullien instead
Celtic turned their attention away from Rrahmani and signed another colossal central defender in Christopher Jullien. The Frenchman had a slow start to life in Scotland but he now appears to be fully fit and firing.
After impressing against Rangers, the 26-year-old has shown that he can be a quality defender. Jullien can form a partnership with Kristoffer Ajer that would ensure there are no regrets about Rrahmani.