Rodgers should succeed where Deila failed and bring Alfred Finnbogason to Celtic

Manager of Celtic Brendan Rodgers celebrates with fans the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic were reportedly keen to sign Augsburg's Bundesliga marksman Alfred Finnbogason in recent transfer windows.

Alfred Finnbogason of Augsburg celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and 1. FC Nuernberg at WWK-Arena on November 3, 2018 in...

The January transfer window is just over a month away and there’s little doubt that Celtic will look to strengthen – with a new centre-forward potentially high on Brendan Rodgers’ wishlist.

The Hoops are one striker down thanks to Moussa Dembele’s August deadline-day move to Lyon. But the £20 million they received from the Frenchman’s exit means Celtic aren’t short of cash should they look to replace their influential number ten.

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But could a familiar name be on their radar once again?

 

Celtic were keen on Iceland forward Alfred Finnbogason during Ronny Deila’s time at Parkhead, according to the Daily Record, and Rodgers could do worse than to pick up where the Norwegian left off.

After all, Finnbogason is in the form of his life right now. After missing the first few weeks of 2018/19 through injury, the Augsburg talisman has roared back to action with seven goals in six Bundesliga games, including a glorious chipped finish in the weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim.

Alfred Finnbogason of Iceland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Iceland at Spartak Stadium on June 16,...

Finnbogason has aged like a fine wine in Augsburg, finding the consistency that was missing during spells at Real Sociedad and Olympiakos. He is already closing in on matching last season’s impressive tally of 12.

And if Celtic are to pull clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, and progress on the European stage in 2019, a natural-born goalscorer like Finnbogason would go a long way.

Alfred Finnbogason of FC Augsburg looks dejected during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and 1. FC Nuernberg at WWK-Arena on November 3, 2018 in Augsburg, Germany.

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