Teemu Pukki was a disaster in the Scottish Premiership with Celtic – but has scored 18 Championship goals since signing for Norwich City on a free.
The average Celtic fan will be baffled by Teemu Pukki’s remarkable form in the yellow and green of Norwich City this season.
The Hoops paid £3 million to bring Pukki to Glasgow from Schalke in the summer of 2013 (Mail) but he flopped spectacularly in Scotland, making a mockery of his hefty price tag. In total, he scored nine goals in 37 games in Celtic colours and few were disappointed when he left for Brondby two years later.
But Pukki has looked like a player transformed since returning to British shores last summer. The 28-year-old has scored 18 Championship games to fire his Norwich City side to the top of the table with promotion to the Premier League in their sights.
And, speaking to the Eastern Daily Press, former Norwich loanee and fellow Finn Jonatan Johansson has suggested that Celtic never saw the best of the gifted striker because his confidence hit rock bottom in Glasgow.
“He went to Scotland with Celtic and although he had some good moments there it wasn’t easy for him,” said Johansson, who played in Scotland for Celtic’s Old Firm rivals Rangers.
“But when he moved to Denmark I think his confidence rose. He scored more goals and also his fitness and body shape changed, which was down to a lot of hard work.
“Norwich are getting the benefit of that now because the Championship is a really physical league and Teemu has no problem coping with it.”
Maybe a move to Celtic simply came at the wrong time for Pukki. He was not then the same strong, barrel-chested centre-forward who is currently scoring goals for fun and leading the line brilliantly in Norwich colours.