John Guidetti has been handed the number nine shirt at Celtic following his move from Manchester City.
John Guidetti has been handed the number nine shirt at Celtic.
The Swedish striker completed what turned into a protracted transfer to Parkhead yesterday and his squad number suggests that he will have a key role to play.
Guidetti’s loan from Manchester City was plunged into doubt after the Bhoys failed to confirm it before the transfer deadline but, after an appeal to the Scottish FA, the move was approved.
It means that the highly-rated young striker can turn his focus to impressing at his new home and he will have some level of expectation on his shoulders, given the former stars who have worn the shirt.
The likes of Georgios Samaras, Chris Sutton and Pierre van Hooijdonk have all been handed the number nine in recent memory and if he is as successful as any of the former trio then he will have had a good spell in Scotland.
Naturally comparisons will also be drawn between him and Celtic legend Henrik Larsson, because of his nationality and position.
Larsson is arguably the greatest player to ever wear the green and white hooped shirt and the hope is that Guidetti can follow in the footsteps of his compatriot.
The City front-man was touted as one of the brightest prospects across Europe in his younger days, but he has failed to make a break through at the Etihad and the move to north of the border provides him an opportunity to impress.
In recent times Guidetti has spent temporary spells away from City at Burnley, Feyenoord and Stoke City, but he has never really settled. A career threatening injury has also stalled his progress.
As a result his career is in danger of stagnating, but the role as the main-man at Celtic should help him get it back on track again and if he can impress it could turn into a permanent home for him.