“It’s just a dream come true”, the words of 20-year-old Holmbert Fridjonsson, who today signed a pre-contract agreement with Celtic and will join the club on 1 January. 5’ 9” manager, Neil Lennon, told Celticfc.net that the 6’3” striker is “a good size”, perhaps giving a glimpse into the innermost thoughts guiding Celtic’s recruitment policy, for those who have not noted the collection of Amazonians now in hoops.
Holmbert will push for a place with Anthony Stokes, Teemu Pukki and Amido Balde; Georgios Samaras is seldom used as a conventional striker. He has made 45 career appearances, five fewer than Victor Wanyama when he signed for Celtic, also as a 20-year-old.
A year ago, when Victor was busy declining a new contract offer, we talked about the window of opportunity, when you have enough appearances to judge a player, but not so many that the world and their grannie knows about him. We concluded that less than 30 appearances would be enough. Victor made a total of 61 Celtic appearances but was his stock rose stratospherically after 30-odd games. The stats suggest we should catch them between 30 and 60 appearances.
Stunning result for Gordon Strachan’s Scotland last night. Keep an eye on that guy, he’s got talent.
Really looking forward to another great charity night at the Columba Club, Blantyre, on Friday, starting at 8pm, where we are having a Q&A with myself, Phil Mac Giolla Bhain and Paul McConville, in aid of the Lourdes Fund. These are always great nights, tickets are available at the door, get along and say ‘hello’.
Many thanks to the hundreds of you have now ordered the CQN Annual, and for all the encouraging feedback. It’s a bit big for a stocking filler, unless perhaps you’re an Amazonian.
See you Friday.
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