RONNY DELIA paid £2.3million for Sporting Gijon striker Stefan Scepovic in September 2014 as the new Celtic manager urgently required to beef up his attack.

Unfortunately, the Serbian hitman failed to hit the ground running after making a quickfire debut against Aberdeen at Parkhead. The Hoops won 2-1, but the new Bhoy failed to convince anyone he would be the answer to the new manager’s prayers.

In fact, it took him until October 23 before he notched his first goal which arrived in a 2-1 victory over Romanian outfit Astra in the Europa League.

PENALTY BOX PANIC…Stefan Scepovic tries to add to his six Celtic goals as he puts pressure on Partick Thistle keeper Scott Fox.   

That was the first of only six strikes he claimed in all competitions for the Hoops which included two in the 5-0 win over Inverness Caley Thistle of the final day of the campaign.

A year after his arrival, Scepovic, who signed a four-year contract with the Scottish champions, agreed a season-long loan deal with Getafe and the Spanish club made the switch permanent at the end of the term with the fee quoted as £1.3million.

Scepovic has continued his soccer travels and signed for Australian A-League outift Brisbane Roar in February last year before joining Thai League 1 side Muangthong United five months later.

Now 34, he scored nine goals in 25 league appearances in the 2023/34 season.

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