Bhoys drop interest in Rapaic
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Croatian international has spent the last week training with the SPL champions in the hope of winning a move to Parkhead
Rapaic is a free agent after agreeing to cancel his contract with Fenerbahce and is keen to try his luck in Britain.
Bhoys boss Martin O'Neill, who is set to sign fellow trialist Stansilav Varga, has finally decided not to pursue his interest in Rapaic.
The former Perugia star has also been linked with Liverpool and Bolton and news of Celtic not following up their initial interest may alert them to his availability.
Meanwhile, Celtic youngster Shaun Maloney believes that the side will be able to cope without injured star striker Henrik Larsson.
The prolific Swede is set to be out of action for six weeks after breaking his jaw in Sunday's win over Livingston, but Maloney is confident they can cope without him even though he admitted his loss was a major blow.
"He's been massive for us and you can't comprehend how big and how well he's done for us," said Maloney.
"It seems that he scores every game, but the team have got to go on and we can't think that because Henrik is not playing that's us finished.
"Obviously it's a massive blow, but somebody's going to come in and obviously has the confidence of the manager that they can do the job. Hopefully they will come in and score and help the team to win.
"People don't know how influential he is, but the team can't just stop. The cynics can say what they like, but we can get goals from other places on the park.
"I'm sure everyone at the club knows how difficult it's going to be without him, but we'll keep on working and see how it goes in the next few games.
"The manager's got so many strikers that he's going to bring on somebody who is hopefully going to do the job."