Celtic’s newest signing Rabiu Ibrahim is hoping to break into the side immediately and show supporters what he is capable of. The 20-year-old Nigerian agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract last week and his work permit has just been approved.
Now the former PSV Eindhoven and Porting Lisbon midfielder is looking to make his mark in Scotland and is just waiting to get the nod from manager Neil Lennon. When asked about his prospects of seeing first team action soon, Ibrahim said:
“It depends on the coach. We haven’t discussed that yet but the gaffer has been encouraging me in training and has made me feel at home. He has the final say but of course I am ready, that’s why I am here. You always want to aim for the highest and to be the best player.
“My immediate goal is to play for Celtic and work hard for the team and try to win trophies. It was very unfortunate for me at PSV as my direct competitor for a place was the captain, Ola Toivonen, who is a great player and a very experienced international.
“However, I do believe with good guidance I will be given a chance here at Celtic to prove myself, which I believe I will.”
Lennon signed Ibrahim after seeing him play in a friendly against St Johnstone. He was so impressed he decided right away that he wanted the player at Celtic.
“I was very happy and I feel flattered for him to say that about me,” said the midfielder.
“I treated it as a normal game, I played the way I am supposed to play. It wasn’t my best, my best is yet to come. I found it easier because of the players, they are very good players who know what to do. Honestly, I must say there is a very talented group of players here.”