Five Things you didn’t know about Celtic target Marko Janko

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We dish the dirt on the 6ft 5in Austrian striker who has once again been linked with a summer switch to Scottish champions Celtic.

Marko Janko has been linked with a move to Celtic for some time, with rumours first surfacing as far back as 2009 and, most recently, in the January transfer window.

But fresh reports claim the Austrian could now be set to move to Parkhead, following a difficult spell in Turkey with Trabzonspor. Here, we get the lowdown on the big man.

1. He is the son of Olympian Eva Janko, whose biggest success came at the 1968 games in Mexico City, where she claimed a bronze medal in the javelin. She also holds the Austrian record for the longest javelin throw of 61.80 metres.

2. Janko was something of a record breaker at second club Red Bull Salzburg, scoring 25 goals in the first half of the 2008-09 season to smash the club record held by AC Milan legend Olivier Bierhoff, who managed 23 in the same period with the team. By the end of the campaign he had also surpassed the all-time half-season record held by Austrian legend Toni Polster, scoring a whopping 30 goals in 20 matches.

3. The striker was the last signing made by then FC Twente manager Steve McClaren, who completed the purchase of the Austrian just a week before he moved to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg. When McClaren returned in early January of 2012 for a second stint, one of the former Middlesbrough manager’s first duties was to sell Janko to Porto at a profit.

4. Janko came very close to a Premier League move prior to completing the Porto deal, with Fulham rumoured to have offered £1 million to FC Twente to land the player on loan until the end of that season. But with Portuguese keen for a permanent deal, McClaren opted to cash in on the forward.

5. The 30-year-old forward is fluent in English and German, as well as being capable of holding his own in both French and Italian. He should therefore have few problems with the Glaswegian accent!

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