Who is Amir Rrahmani? The £1.8m Defender That Celtic Are Reportedly Targeting

Who is Amir Rrahmani? The £1.8m Defender That Celtic Are Reportedly Targeting

Reputable Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure has revealed that Celtic are one of three teams pursuing Dinamo Zagreb defender Amir Rrahmani.

They report that the Hoops, Standard Liege and French club Amiens are looking at signing the 25-year-old with Standard said to be the team most advanced in negotiations.

So who is Rrahmani? And would he be a useful addition to Celtic’s squad?

The Kosovan international started his career at KF Drenica before moving to Albanian club FK Partizani on a free transfer in 2013.

During his two years with the team, Rrahmani played 66 games and made his debut for Albania at international level in a friendly against San Marino.

After some impressive performances, he made the move to Croatian football in 2015, playing for one season at RNK Split before gaining the attention of the country’s biggest club Dinamo Zagreb.

Immediately after Rrahmani’s transfer to Dinamo in 2016, he was sent out on loan to NK Lokomotiva Zagreb, where he spent a season as a first-team regular, making 31 appearances in all competitions.

For the start of the 2017/18 campaign, he returned to his parent club where he established himself in the starting eleven. Capable of playing right across the back four, he spent most of the season as a centre-back, although he was also employed at right-back.

Last campaign saw Rrahmani being played dominantly as a left back, both in the league and in the Europa League, despite being more comfortable in the centre of defence.

The 25-year-old made 26 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and providing one assist, with his performances attracting the interest of Celtic and other clubs.

At international level, Rrahmani switched allegiance to Kosovo in 2014 and has been capped 22 times. He captained his country in the 1-1 draw against Montenegro in the Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday night.

Dinamo Zagreb are reportedly looking for between €1.5m (£1.3m) and €2m (£1.8m) for the defender with Celtic seemingly looking to replicate their past success of signing players from Croatia.

With the club having just two senior centre-backs in Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer, signing a new centre-back will be a priority for manager Neil Lennon.

Dedryck Boyata’s departure for Hertha Berlin and Filip Benkovic’s return to Leicester City means Rrahmani would certainly be a welcome addition to the squad if the club make their move for the Kosovan this summer.