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Celtic could secure Van Hooijdonk 2.0 in Said Hamulic

Scottish champions Celtic have already acted swiftly ahead of the January transfer window, with manager Ange Postecoglou bolstering his defensive ranks with the signings of both Yuki Kobayashi and Alistair Johnston.

It does appear that the Parkhead outfit are not done yet, however, with recent reports suggesting that a new centre-forward addition could well be on the cards in the New Year, particularly amid the uncertainty surrounding Giorgos Giakoumakis’ future in Glasgow.

The latest speculation is that Dutch forward Said Hamulic could well be one figure who is attracting the attention of the Old Firm outfit at present, with reports in Italy suggesting that the Hoops are the most ‘active’ suitor in the race for the striker’s signature.

The 22-year-old – who currently plies his trade for Polish outfit Stal Mielec – has enjoyed a sparkling start to the season so far with nine goals and four assists in just 17 league appearances, having only joined the Ekstraklasa side over the summer.

The 6 foot 2 dynamo – who spent his youth career in his homeland – previously netted seven goals in just 14 games while on loan at Lithuanian side Suduva in the second half of last term, while his record at former club Dainava stands at 16 goals in just 36 games.

A player who has showcased his finishing prowess in his embryonic senior career thus far, Hamulic could well prove to be yet another hidden gem that can go on to thrive under Postecoglou’s tutelage should he make the move to Scotland.

The Leiderdorop-born marksman will also likely be hoping to emulate the impact of compatriot Pierre van Hooijdonk at Paradise, with the former Netherlands international having proven truly prolific after joining the Bhoys in the summer of 1995.

Despite enduring something of a sour end to his time at Celtic Park, after departing for Nottingham Forest following a dispute over wages, the 6 foot 4 menace proved a popular figure at the club due to his rampant goalscoring exploits.

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Who is this former Celtic player?

The former NAC Breda man memorably scored 26 goals in his first full campaign with the Scottish Premiership side during the 1995/96 season, with his total tally for the club standing at an impressive haul of 56 goals in just 92 games in all competitions before his exit in 1997.

Such form has ensured that Van Hooijdonk remains something of a cult figure among the club’s supporters, with Celtic likely hoping that the potential arrival of another Dutchman, Hamulic, can prove just as fruitful.