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Wout Weghorst was nearly Brendan Rodgers’ first Celtic signing, now thriving at Wolfsburg

In January of 2016, Celtic identified the striker target they wanted to bring in to counteract the lack of impact of summer arrival Nadir Ciftci. The player in question was Heracles Almelo striker Wout Weghorst, with The Scotsman suggesting he could be a Celtic player for a fee of £2 million.

A towering figure at 6ft 4ins tall Weghorst was in good form with the Eredivisie club and Celtic’s interest looked promising.

However, the Dutchman did not head to Glasgow. Celtic ended up sacking Ronny Deila and replacing him with Brendan Rodgers that summer.

However, Weghorst was still being linked not long after. The Dutch striker, according to the Scottish Sun, was still being considered as Rodgers’ potential first signing at Parkhead.

HANOVER, GERMANY – OCTOBER 30: Wout Weghorst (FRONT) of Wolfsburg celebrates the final goal during the DFB Cup match between Hannover 96 and VfL Wolfsburg at HDI-Arena on October 30, 2018 in Hanover, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Starke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Then, Vincent Janssen joined Tottenham and AZ Alkmaar swiftly replaced him with Weghorst.

There is no doubt Celtic must regret not pulling this deal off. Weghorst went on to have two brilliant seasons with the Dutch side. He won his first international cap for the Netherlands earlier this year and in the summer joined VfL Wolfsburg for €11 million (£9.9 million).

Last night he scored as the Bundesliga side defeated Stuttgart 2-0. It took his tally for the season to an impressive seven goals from 17 appearances.

It seems confusion got in the way of a Weghorst deal at Celtic in 2016. Now it appears that was an error from the Glasgow club.

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