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PUKKI BLINDERS: CELTIC ‘NOT A GOOD FIT’

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CELTIC and Teemu Pukki “weren’t a good fit”, according to former Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters.

The Finnish international frontman, who flopped spectacularly at Parkhead following his move from Bundesliga outfit Schalke in 2013,  is now a goalscoring sensation at Norwich City.

Pukki scored just nine times in 37 appearances for the Hoops, but has been transformed at Carrow Road.

The player, who was allowed to leave Parkhead for Danish outfit Brondby for substantially less than the £2.75million they had shelled out, joined the Canaries at the start of last season and thumped in 29 goals to push them to promotion to the top flight.

Pukki has started this campaign in rampaging form, too, with eight goals in seven games including the winner against champions Manchester City last weekend.

Thirty-five-year-old Walters, who played against the Finn last term before he retired at Stoke City, praised the former Celt.

But he reckons things didn’t work out for him at Parkhead because the two just didn’t complement one another.

Walters, speaking on Paddy Power’s Liquid Football YouTube show, said: “Pukki has not just been bought in the summer and come to a Premier League team.

“He’s carried on with Norwich from last year.

“Sometimes players go to clubs and it’s not a good fit, at Celtic it might not have been a good fit for him.

“Whether that be family or anything else, it just doesn’t work out.

“He’s obviously on fire at Norwich, but sometimes that happens with players.”

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