Long-standing Celtic target Alfred Finnbogason scores first hat-trick in five years

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic were linked with Alfred Finnbogason relentlessly for two whole years - and he looks back to his best now at FC Augsburg.

Augsburg's Icelandic forward Alfred Finnbogason poses during a team presentation of the German first division Bundesliga football team FC Augsburg in Augsburg, southern Germany, on July 17,...

The name Alfred Finnbogason is one that will certainly resonate with Celtic supporters. Barely a transfer window went by without the Icelandic international being linked with a move to Parkhead not so long ago.

The Daily Record reported in the winter of 2013 that Neil Lennon’s Celtic were unwilling to accept defeat over the pursuit of a striker who scored goals for fun in Holland with Heerenveen. They had baulked at his £5 million price tag the previous summer, backing out of a deal.

And the same publication reported two years later that Finnbogason was still a target for the perennial Scottish champions, then under the management of Ronny Deila.

Ronny Deila Celtic Manager Celebrates victory during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

These days, it appears that the 28-year-old’s chance to move to Glasgow has passed him by. Not that he will be too concerned at the moment following a prolific start to the season which should remind Celtic why they wanted him so much in the first place.

Finnbogason scored just three goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances for FC Augsburg last season, a campaign disrupted by injury. However, he has already beaten that tally just four games into 2017/18.

After capping a fine performance with a goal in the 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach last month, Finnbogason put FC Koln to the sword with a clinical hat-trick on Saturday.

Moenchengladbach's Norwegian midfielder Harvard Nordtveit (R) and Augsburg's Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason (L) vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football...

That, for the record, was his first three-goal haul since running riot for Swedish side Helsingborgs against Gefle in July 2012.

Finnbogason may have scored 59 goals in two seasons for Heerenveen, this justifying his hefty price tag, but never managed to complete a treble even at the most prolific point of his career.

The Icelandic international has hardly been consistent since first being linked with a move to Glasgow, struggling at Real Sociedad and Olympiakos but, on current form, he is looking like a £5 million striker once again.

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