Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rabiu Ibrahim leads Nigeria in January transfer window

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Rabiu Ibrahim, Photo: allnigeriasoccer.com

The midfielder is currently with the Super Eagles in Spain.

Scotland based midfielder, Rabiu Ibrahim, has made a switch from Celtic FC to Kilmarnock FC, another Scottish Premier League side, to become the first high profile Nigerian player to make a move in the just opened January transfer window.

Rabiu, who is currently with the Super Eagles, looks good to feature in Wednesday night’s friendly with star-studded Catalonia side.

The 21-year-old former youth international said he was happy to stay in Scotland as Russia was previously appearing as the sure destination.

Some other Nigerians like West Brom’s Osaze Odemwingie and Inter Milan’s Joel Obi are other high profile players set to cash in on the busy January window with reports linking them to EPL sides Newcastle and Sunderland respectively.

Kilmarnock on Wednesday announced that they have completed the signing of Rabiu on a permanent basis.

The young midfielder has agreed a two-year contract with the Rugby Park club after Celtic allowed the player to move on in search of regular first-team football.

Ibrahim had an offer from abroad and was also believed to be a loan target for other Scottish sides.

“He’s signed a two year deal with us,” Kilmarnock manager, Kenny Shiels, told STV; a Scottish football website.

“I believe it’s quite a coup for Kilmarnock and we are a good fit for him”.

“Rabiu had an offer from a club in Russia but he and his advisors thought it would be better for his career development to stay in Scotland and they were equally as keen as we were for the deal to go through”.

“We signed him on a free transfer”.

Rabiu, who has been capped at Under-17, Under-21 and Under-23 level by Nigeria, has also been included in the country’s preliminary squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

“He’s away with the Nigeria squad for the AfCon at the moment”, Shiels said.

“I believe January 9 is the deadline for them to name their final squad. I would quite like him to be name in the squad for his confidence.

“If he is named then as soon as they go out of the competition he will join up with us,” he added.

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