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Celtic will be kicking themselves at not signing bargain Alireza Jahanbakhsh in 2015

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Celtic will be kicking themselves at not signing bargain Alireza Jahanbakhsh in 2015

The Iranian was a Celtic target three years ago, but is now scoring goals for fun with AZ Alkmaar.

This season the Dutch goalscoring charts look set to be topped by AZ Alkmaar winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh. The 24-year-old winger has been in fine form for the club this season, scoring 18 goals in 31 games in the Dutch top-flight.

His form might not go down to well with Celtic fans, however. Back in 2015, the Bhoys were hot on the pursuit of the Iranian attacker.

He had impressed at Dutch side NEC Nijmegen in 2014-15 and, as reported by the Scotsman, found his way onto Celtic’s wishlist that summer. The report suggested a fee of just £1.5 million would have seen the Jahanbakhsh head to Parkhead. However, that summer instead saw AZ Alkmaar get hold of the player for a similar price.

At the time, not many Celtic fans would have been too disappointed in missing out on the player. Fast forward three years however and the talented winger is set to be on many European wish lists this summer.

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His form has seen him linked with the likes of Burnley and Bournemouth a year ago, with a fee of £9 million mentioned by the Daily Mail.

It is a year since those reports. Jahanbakhsh has since proven himself to be an even more potent threat and, if he can put in a good performance at the World Cup this summer, his price-tag will likely rise even more.

Celtic must, therefore, be kicking themselves that they did not manage to beat AZ to his signature in the summer of 2015.

When you consider that AZ also have another former Celtic target up front in Wout Weghorst, who has 16 goals this season, and Celtic are best to avoid looking at the Dutch league’s third-placed team altogether.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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