Ex-Celtic winger blames Rodgers for transfer exit

Sead Hakšabanović has blamed Brendan Rodgers for his Celtic exit.

The winger sealed his permanent departure from the club last week after Malmo agreed a deal with the Scottish Champions to take the Montenegro Internationalist on a four year deal.

As reported by fotbollskanalen, the winger said that the Celtic manager wanted to move him on while claiming that the club’s hierarchy were supportive of him.

“Yes, mostly (it was down to) him (Rodgers), because the board wanted me to stay. They believed in me but he had other plans. Football-wise, I don’t think Malmo and Celtic are far apart. Malmo in Sweden is like Real Madrid in Spain.”

Kilmarnock v Celtic – Viaplay Cup – Second Round – The BBSP Stadium Rugby Park Celtic s Sead Haksabanovic is tacked by Kilmarnock s Lewis Mayo l during the Viaplay Cup second round match at The BBSP Stadium Rugby Park, Sunday August 20, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

The 25-year-old was signed by Ange Postecoglou ahead of his second season in charge and the winger helped Celtic towards a Treble. However, the change in management appeared to signal that opportunities would be limited under Brendan.

There was little excuse for the petulant social media post from the player; who was likely responding to Rodgers telling him opportunities would be limited going forward. Had he got his head down and impressed then he might’ve been kept on but it was clear that he saw the decision by the manager as a dig and responded in kind.

Hakšabanović leaves the club having made 42 appearances and scoring 13 goals plus assisting 9 times.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.


  1. Would always trust B R judgement re a player rather than the Celtic Board.
    Hail Hail.

  2. Great player but his head is up his backside if he believes himself here!
    The ONLY person to blame for his failure to impress at Celtic is himself.
    Skills in abundance! In fact, a bit like Mikey Johnston! All skills and no heart. Players like him, “it’s all about me” attitude will always fail them. Maybe a little reality check and a look back and a recap over his failures versus his successes might help!

  3. Lubo's Boots on

    A sometimes promising yet frustrating player to watch at times with a curious identity on the pitch. Not an out and out winger and not an out and out forward. If we’re being brutally honest, the low risk (cost) nature of his availability was the main catalyst in his arrival at Celtic Park, and after a series of completely lacklustre performances, sprinkled with occasional highlights of ability, it’s to nobody’s surprise that Haksa went out on loan. The fact that he didn’t do enough to merit a retainer at his loan club, nor attract offers from anywhere else of more European prominence (with respect to Malmo), would have you think the player would take the opportunity to exercise some humility and discretion rather than take aim at his former manager. Seemingly not.