Croatia striker shows Celtic and Fulham what they are missing

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Andrej Kramaric was linked with moves to both Fulham and Celtic over the summer and while both are struggling for goals, the Croatian looks in fine form

They say that, in life, revenge is a dish best served cold, however, when it comes to the world of football, the opposite may be true.

Fail to land a big money move, for instance, after months of speculation and the best way to gain retribution against any overly flirtatious football club failing to sign on the dotted line is by going on the kind of red-hot streak that is sure to bring about a bigger and better move elsewhere.

That certainly appears to be the plan for Andrej Kramaric, who starred during Croatia’s 2-0 victory over Malta in Euro 2016 qualifying on Tuesday night and appears to be on a mission to leave both Fulham and Celtic with palpable feelings of regret.

Currently on the books of Croatian club side Rijeka, the 23-year-old netted 16 league goals last term to catch the attention of several big name sides.

The Cottagers were rumoured to be lining up a bid of up to €6 million to prise the youngster away from his homeland but when no Fulham deal came to pass Celtic emerged as the frontrunners to sign the striker.

In the end, however, the Bhoys opted to pursue a deal for Serbian forward Stefan Scepovic, despite rumours suggesting the 24-year-old had tried to back out of a deal after the club was dumped out of the Champions League by NK Maribor.

At one point Kramaric and his agent event travelled to Scotland to negotiate a deal, though that trip proved a fruitless and ultimately pointless experience.

Speaking to the Daily Record Sport, Kramaric’s agent said, of the meeting, that: "Celtic left us standing outside in the rain ... I will never deal with them again."

Still at Rijeka, the 23-year-old appears keen to show both clubs what they are missing, having already earned a call-up to the national side where he has so far provided an assist for Mario Mandzukic in a friendly win over Cyprus and subsequently scored in the following game against Malta.

That first international goal was Kramaric’s seventh strike in eight competitive games, with the Croatian into double figures for the season.

With Fulham finding goals hard to come by in the Championship and Celtic far from their imperious best north of the border, this young forward could yet have the last laugh on both.

Take a look at Kramaric in action – should Celtic or Fulham have pursued a deal?

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