Celtic winger Sead Haksabanovic has been called up to the Montenegro national team despite Celtic’s international policy [The Herald]. 

It was revealed that Celtic were blocking any player leaving the club to go on international duty unless they were headed to the World Cup as they prepare themselves to travel to Sydney to take on Everton and Sydney FC.

The tournament was scheduled over a year ago with fans having already purchased their tickets with Postecoglou hinting that he would be playing strong teams in both matches.

9th November 2022; Fir Park, Motherwell, N Lanarkshire, Scotland, Scottish Premier league football, Motherwell versus Celtic: Celtic Manager Angelos Postecoglou applauds the fans after the win

It will also be used as a key time for the Hoops boss to prepare his players for the second part of the season with him already stating that Haksabanovic was a player signed to peak in the second part of the campaign having not had a proper pre-season with Rubin Kazan.

Both Steve Clarke and Sweden boss Janne Andersson spoke of their frustration yesterday but the issue isn’t anything to do with Celtic.

FIFA have not made the period an official international break, leaving clubs with the final say on the matter.

Despite this being the case, Haksabanovic has been included in Montenegro’s squad for their two matches against Slovakia and Slovenia.

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Once again like the other national team managers, they are using these friendly games as preparation for UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying but it would appear Haksabanovic won’t be going anywhere.

He tends to be a regular starter for his national side having already made 29 appearances but it is looking likely that he will have to wait that little while longer for his 30th cap.



  1. Both the international (not WC involved) & club managers have the same idea for this ‘break’, to get their players together to prepare for future games.

    For club managers its a rare opportunity to get some serious tactical training done in preparation for the business end of the season post WC and to try out new things, rest those needing it, brush up on skills etc so i doubt any would be too happy about losing players for international friendlies mid season and possibly for the season should they pick up injuries


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