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Celtic linked with AZ Alkmaar forward Johannsson

The Bhoys believe the US International could fill their Gary Hooper-shaped hole

Celtic are rumoured to be lining up a move for 21-year-old striker Aron Johannsson, as they continue their pursuit of a top-class forward.

According to a report from German website 4-4-2.com, the club are keeping close tabs on the US International, who they see as a long-term solution to their goalscoring dilemma.

Celtic have come under stern criticism in the last two weeks, following a series of inept attacking displays.

Ruud Gullit was the first to stick the boot in, hitting out at a ‘lack of class’ in the final third after watching the Hoops lose 2-0 to AC Milan in a closely fought game in which the Bhoys mustered 10 shots on goal.

Things escalated further this week when Neil Lennon’s men slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Championship side Morton in the League Cup, despite managing an incredible 25 shots.

A combination of former Arsenal man Anthony Stokes and deadline day signing Teemu Pukki failed to score on that occasion and it now looks likely that Celtic will dip back into the transfer market come January with Johannsson one potential target.

The 21-year-old has been in scintillating form for current club AZ, and was the star of the show in their midweek Dutch up tie with Sparta Rotterdam, scoring a hatrick as the former Eredivisie champions romped to a 4-1 win.

Earlier this year Johannsson also earned a call-up to the US national team, after catching the eye of coach Jurgen Klinsmann last term.

Celtic are not the first British team to express an interest in the Alabama-born forward, with Arsenal expressing a similar interest earlier in the player last year.

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