Sead Haksabanovic bagged two goals for Celtic this afternoon, during a dramatic 3-2 win over Dundee United.
West Ham fans would have been keeping a close eye on the the 23-year-old after he joined Celtic for around £2 million from Rubin Kazan in the summer (The Scotsman).
Haksabanovic joined the Hammers from Halmstads way back in the summer of 2017 for around £2.7 million, according to the Evening Standard.
The youngster struggled to establish himself at the London Stadium, however. He made just two senior appearances for the club. And failed to register either a goal or an assist.
However, the Montenegro international has enjoyed a successful spell since joining IFK Norrkoping initially on loan during the 2019/20 season.
He eventually joined the Swedish club on a permanent deal in June 2020 and went on to rack up 21 goals and 25 assists in 76 games for them (Transfermarkt).
The 23-year-old play-maker then made a £5 million move to Russian outfit Rubin Kazan the following summer (Expressen). And then Celtic signed him in the summer of 2022.
Up until today, the ex-Hammer had bagged just one assist and no goals in 14 games for the Hoops. That all changed this afternoon though…
Sead Haksabanovic scores brace for Celtic
The 23-year-old bagged two goals for Ange Postecoglou’s side today, during a 4-2 home win over Dundee United.
The result stretched Celtic’s lead over Rangers at the top of the table to seven points.
After West Ham sold Haksabanovic for around £2.3 million (Transfermarkt), not many Hammers fans would have thought that he’d go on to feature for a club with the size and stature of Celtic.
I would like to wish him all the best. He clearly wasn’t good enough to be playing Premier League football at the very highest level, but perhaps he’s now found his comfort zone.
Sead Haksabanovic may well go on to be a huge hit with Celtic. If he does though, don’t let that fool you that West Ham might have made a mistake.
The Premier League is on another level entirely to the Scottish Premiership.