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CELTIC INS AND OUTS: HAKSABANOVIC POISED, JULLIEN EXIT, JOHNSTON AND AJETI UPDATE

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CELTIC could unveil Sead Haksabanovic today as Ange Postecoglou’s eighth signing of the summer – just 24 hours after Christopher Jullien sealed his exit in an £850,000 move to Montepellier.

The 23-year-old Rubin Kazan winger has been in Glasgow for the past three days, has toured the training HQ at Lennoxtown and is now ready to agree personal terms on a five-year contract.

It is believed the Russian club, relegated last season, are ready to accept a cut-price £2million for the Montenegro international who cost £6million when he joined from IFK Norkopping in July last year.

ON A WING AND A PRAYER…Sead Haksabanovic is about to seal a five-year deal at Celtic.

Haksabanovic spent the second half of last term on loan at Djurgardens following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

French defender Jullien, the club’s most expensive defender in history after his £7million arrival from Toulouse in June 2019, returned to his homeland after agreeing a three-year deal with Ligue 1 side Montpellier.

The 29-year-old centre-back saw a proposed temporary move to Bundesliga outfit 04 Schalke fall through last month after a late financial hitch, but has now secured his departure in his pursuit of regular game time.

Jullien has played only 12 minutes of first-team football since knee suregry following his collision with a goal post in a 3-0 league win over Dundee United at Parkhead on December 30 2020.

FRENCH LEAVE…Christopher Jullien signs on for three years at Montpellier.

The highlight of his Hoops career was his winning goal in the Betfred League Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden six month’s after his big-money arrival.

He could be followed through the Parkhead exit by Mikey Johnston and Albian Ajeti before the deadline in eights days’ time.

The former Scotland Under-21 winger will be allowed to leave on loan with Postecoglou eager for the 23-year-old attacker to get game time.

Swiss miss Ajeti, who has scored only nine goals since his £5million transfer from West Ham in the summer of 2020, is up for grabs on either a permanent or temporary arrangement.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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