Celtic, Ljuban Crepulja

Crepulja still hopeful of dream Celtic move

Ljuban Crepulja is still hopeful of making a switch to Celtic and described his experience on trial with the Scottish champions as “heaven on earth”.

The Slaven Belupo midfielder trained with the club for a few days and watched the Hoops’ 8-1 hammering of Hamilton accies last week before returning to Croatia.

Ronny Deila’s men were hopeful of extending the trial period for another week but that plea was rejected by the Croatian club’s director Zvonimir Simnuovic.

However, Crepulja hasn’t given up hope of securing a dream move to Celtic.

“I cannot tell any details about my future, I cannot say that,” he told Goal. “For such information, you would have to ask Celtic.

“It is heaven on earth, you really cannot compare it to here. I say, it’s another world. For me it was a fantastic experience to be part of Celtic, even if it was just those five days.

“Celtic is a big, well-known European club. Going into the ranks of such greats in my career would be great. But, as I say, I am not allowed to reveal the details.

The 22-year-old, who caught the eye of Celtic scouts who were looking at Ivan Mocinic, was particularly impressed by Celtic Park and the atmosphere created by the fans inside it.

“It’s impossible to describe,” he added. “It was a great joy. The stadium holds 60,000 spectators and at the match there were about 45,000 fans. And they were always giving their support, greeting and cheering their team.

“It’s a pleasure, something completely different from what it is like here.”

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