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.
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.
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.
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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