AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson showing why Celtic should renew their interest

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The Icelandic-American recorded four goals and an assist in the final three games of AZ's Eredivisie campaign.

With Celtic facing the prospect of life without striker John Guidetti ahead of the summer transfer window, the Scottish champions might want to consider renewing their interest in AZ Alkmaar’s Aron Johannsson given his recent form.

The 24-year-old US international closed out the Eredivisie season with a bang on Sunday afternoon, notching two goals and an assist as AZ thumped Excelsior 4-1 to claim third place and a Europa League spot.

After opening the scoring in the fifth-minute with a stunning overhead kick, the Icelandic-American set up Steven Berghuis to make it 2-0 just a minute later, before adding his second 11 minutes into the second-half with a thumping header to leave the home side reeling.

The brace sees Johannsson finish the 2014-15 campaign with nine goals in 21 league appearances, including four in the final three matches, to thrust himself back into the limelight following a testing start to the term.

After injuries limited his 2014 World Cup to one substitute outing in the opening win over Ghana, the 10-times capped forward was forced to undergo ankle and groin operations in quick succession which ruled him out for the first 10 games of the season and hampered his production in the weeks following his return.

However, the former AGF Aarhus man has since reminded fans and the media alike of what he is capable of when fit and available, while AZ are sure to be fielding a few calls from clubs keen on his signature this summer.

One of those teams could well be Celtic, who were linked with a £2.4 million move for Johannsson last season [h/t Daily Record], when he bagged 17 goals in 32 Eredivisie matches to put himself in the US national team picture.

Rumours appear to have died down since Neil Lennon’s departure but, with successor Ronny Deila's chances of landing Manchester City loanee Guidetti on a permanent deal hanging in the balance, the Norwegian boss could do a lot worse than return for the AZ ace.

A versatile attacker, who relies on his pace and skill, Johannsson is not quite made from the same mould as Celtic’s current number nine but, having once been a reported target for Arsenal [h/t Sky Sports], there is good reason to believe he possesses just as much, if not more, talent.

With 11 assists over the past two seasons, he is more than just a goalscorer and, having been used out wide and even as a number 10 in the past, could start alongside main man Leigh Griffiths.

It remains to be seen whether his price tag has risen over the past 18 months but, with the lure of Champions League football, Celtic have one clear advantage in a potential bidding war.

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