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Young Australian attacker Stefan Nikolic turns back on Celtic contract

© Paul Miller/EPA/ShutterstockWestern Sydney Wanderers Academy director, Ian Crook
Western Sydney Wanderers Academy director, Ian Crook

Celtic have been left stunned after top Australian talent, Stefan Nikolic, reneged on a deal to sign for the Hoops.

He has instead opted to agree to a new contract with Western Sydney Wanderers.

Nikolic, who is the son of former Red Star Belgrade 1991 European Cup- winner, Roman Nikolic – has been a prolific goalscorer for Sydney’s Academy team.

He netted an impressive 36 goals in just 25 games last season. And his club confirmed in May that the 16-year-old had agreed to join the Hoops on a three-year deal, and would move once the Covid-19 travel restrictions were lifted.

His club’s Academy director, former Norwich City star Ian Crook, said at the time: “Celtic have landed a real talent.

“Stefan is an out-and-out goalscorer. He has just finished his third season with us.

“He’s got terrific potential and can finish from many different areas.”

However, the youngster has changed his mind, and decided to rip up his agreement with the Scottish champions to remain in his Australian homeland.

Nikolic said: “Getting this contract is a massive achievement for me.

“I want to make sure I do everyone at Western Sydney Wanderers proud.

“What I bring to the team is a lot of goals. I like to score, and I also like to assist my team-mates.

“I’d like to break through into the first team and score a few goals.

“I just want to give my all for the members and fans.”