Celtic snubbed £5m deal but should Alfred Finnbogason be on Hoops' radar again?

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.

Alfred Finnbogason's fine form at FC Augsburg has coincided with doubts arising about the future of Celtic star Moussa Dembele.

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,...

Until recently, barely a day went by when Alfred Finnbogason was being linked with a move to Celtic.

According to the Daily Record in 2013, the Scottish giants were hoping to lure the Icelandic forward after a prolific season with Heerenveen – only to balk at his £5 million price-tag. Although the same publication claimed that Celtic were still keen when Finnbogason’s fellow Scandinavian Ronny Deila took over at Parkhead.


Fast-forward to the present day, however, and it appears that the 28-year-old’s chance of pulling on those famous green and white Hoops has passed him by.

Not that he will be too concerned right now, however. Because, after a nomadic couple of years which took in difficult spells at Real Sociedad and Olympiakos, Finnbogason is in the form of his life with Bundesliga high-flyers Augsburg.

Augsburg's Icelandic forward Alfred Finnbogason (R) and Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez (L) vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match...

The striker has 11 goals in 14 games this season, already his best ever tally in Germany’s top flight, and netted his second hat-trick of 2017/18 in the weekend’s 3-3 draw with Freiburg.

Finnbogason is already enjoying his most prolific season since netting 31 times for Heerenveen back in 2013/14, a remarkable campaign that had Celtic desperate to bring him to the green half of Glasgow.

Although you would imagine that Finnbogason would be worth a bit more than £5million these days. But Celtic may be about to come into a rather substantial cash windfall and may also be in need of attacking reinforcements.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic  celebrates after he scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and  Motherwell at Celtic Park on...

According to the Gambling Times, Moussa Dembele’s desire to force his way into France’s World cup squad has the 21-year-old seriously considering offers from the Premier League for the first time. And he told the Daily Record last week that he could not rule out a move away from Parkhead as early as January.

In the meantime, Leigh Griffiths has endured a spell out of the side with Brendan Rodgers seemingly not 100 per cent convinced in a striker he frequently criticised last season for his conduct on the training ground.

So maybe now is the time for Celtic to look at Finnbogason once again.

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