Kolbeinn Sigþórsson on Celtic’s radar ahead of Champions League clash

Neil Lennon may use their upcoming encounter to assess the young forward

Celtic will most likely be keeping a close eye on young Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigþórsson when they face the Eredivisie holders in the Champions League later this year.

Reports indicate that Neil Lennon is looking at the 23-year-old forward as a potential January transfer window signing, as the Northern Irishman attempts to fill the void left by the departing Gary Hooper.

The Bhoys have struggled for goals of late and were guilty of missing a host of chances in defeats against AC Milan and more recently Morton.

Lennon is keen to bolster his striking options and provide some competition to the likes of Anthony Stokes and Georgios Samaras.

Sigþórsson could be one of a number of targets identified by the Glasgow club, who will most likely use the coming months to further assess any potential additions.

The youngster has been tipped to enjoy his best season yet in Amsterdam having already scored 17 goals in 34 appearances for the Dutch giants.

He also boasts a formidable goal record at international level with 11 in just 17 appearances for the full Iceland team.

One potential stumbling block for the young forward’s move to Celtic Park are injury concerns, with Sigþórsson enduring a series of niggling problems and complaints throughout his Ajax career thus far.

In two-and-a-bit seasons with the Eredivisie giants, the Iceland forward has made no more than 15 appearances in single Dutch league campaign, and has yet to reach double figures for scoring in a single season in the top flight.

The 23-year-old has made a good start to the current campaign though, with three goals in five appearances in the Eredivisie.

All of which makes their meeting with Ajax a tricky one, as Lennon aims to keep a close eye on Sigþórsson while limiting the forward’s threat in front of goal.

Win and Celtic will be happy, lose and the Bhoys boss may want to keep a close eye on this particular Scandinavian.

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