Celtic's Holmbert Fridjonsson not having the loan spell he would have hoped for

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One of Celtic's young strikers has not really impressed sufficiently to suggest a first-team chance is imminent with the Bhoys.

When Celtic first signed Holmbert Fridjonsson from Icelandic side Fram Reykjavic, the centre forward admitted that he would not be hitting the ground running under previous manager Neil Lennon.

In comments published by the Daily Record, the then-20-year-old said, “It takes time to settle into a new club and you don’t get to see the best of them right away.”

And that has certainly been the case of Fridjonsson, who is yet to feature for Celtic’s senior side.

Having officially arrived in January 2014, the forward only made the Bhoys’ match-day squad on two occasions, an unused substitute against St Mirren and Motherwell.

This summer, he and fellow Celtic forward Teemu Pukki headed out on loan to Danish side Brondby, but while the Finnish striker has featured 26 times for his temporary side to date, Fridjonsson has been used far more sparingly.

Now 22, Fridjonsson started his loan spell in promising form, coming off the bench to score in a 2-2 draw against Esbjerg in the league and netting in the Danish Cup – again from the bench – against Fremad Amager.

But those two goals apart, the Celtic loanee has failed to find the net and after a number of uneventful appearances either side of Christmas, he has now sat out Brondby’s last eight matches – only two of which he made the bench for.

He is still young, and as he said himself shortly after arriving, players often require patience before you see their best. But just two goals in 14 appearances and a recent spell out of the side does not bode well for a player who would have been hoping to impress Celtic manager Ronny Deila from afar.

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