62 games, 14 goals; Celtic right to avoid £5m-rated Alfred Finnbogason

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during training

The Icelandic striker was prolific at Heerenveen but a nomadic, profligate spell in three different leagues will hardly give Celtic sleepless nights.

Alfred Finnbogason applauds fans

Since being linked heavily with Celtic in 2013, Alfred Finnbogason has learned a few harsh lessons about the ups and downs of professional football.

According to the Daily Record, the Icelandic international striker’s prolific form in the Eredivisie with Heerenveen, culminating in 53 goals in 65 games, earned the admiration of then Bhoys boss Neil Lennon but simultaneously pushed him well out of Celtic’s price range.


The same publication claims that European high-flyers old and new, from Roma and AC Milan to Everton and Villarreal, were tracking Finnbogason’s progress though Lennon was eventually put off by the £5 million asking price for a striker with just 18 months on his contract.

Though one club were brave enough to pay such a fee. And, in news that would have elicited a sharp exhale of breath from the green half of Glasgow, Real Sociedad had very little to show for their hefty investment.

A transfer deal rising to 10 million euros, according to Inside Spanish Football, paved the way for a grand total of two goals in 23 La Liga games. His season-long loan at Olympiakos the campaign after will be remembered for a dramatic winner against Arsenal at the Emirates in the Champions League but a tally of one league goal, from the penalty spot to boot, meant he hardly set the world alight in Greece.


Even a prolific five months with Augsburg in the second half of the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign, netting seven in 15 to almost single handedly save the unassuming side from the drop, has been undermined by a tally of one in six in an injury-hit second season.

In total, Finnbogason has netted 14 goals in 62 games since departing Heerenveen. Another cautionary tale of an Eredivisie striker, Celtic were right not to fall into the trap.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during training

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