Celtic should keep an eye on 16-goal Florian Kamberi today

By David Walton

December 16, 2018

Ahead of a crucial game today combined with Celtic’s striking crises, Brendan Rodgers should take note of Hibernian’s Florian Kamberi this afternoon.

The Swiss forward has been in sensational form since signing for the Leith club. He’s bagged 16 goals for them since signing on an initial six-month loan deal last January. The relationship became permanent in the summer for a modest £115k.

The former Grasshoppers striker has been a huge hit in Scotland, and particularly in Edinburgh. His all-round game shows a lot of promise, as he holds some tremendous physical attributes as well as his goalscoring prowess.

Florian Kamberi has scored against Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen, and Hearts to name a few (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Celtic fans don’t need much reminding of him either. He scored an absolutely stunning goal at Parkhead when the Hoops beat Hibs 4-2 back in October.

Skeptics will point to the fact that Kamberi hasn’t scored in any of his last six matches and raise an eyebrow. Whilst that’s true, it’s fair to say that he hasn’t had a settled partner alongside him. As well as that, Hibs have generally been woeful in recent weeks, with next to no service provided for their front-men.

A striker with plenty to prove

Kamberi has plenty to prove when the Hibees host Celtic this afternoon. He’s the kind of profile Celtic could be after in the future, and therefore will be itching to make yet another impression.

He has seven goals to his name already this season. All of those strikes arrived in the first eight games alone for Hibs. This proves that he certainly has it in him to produce a real purple patch.

The Hibernian forward has proven to be more than just a goalscorer (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Last term, he managed to bag nine goals for Neil Lennon’s men in just 14 outings. He’s scored against Celtic, Rangers, Hearts, and Aberdeen already. Make no mistake, he’s a handful for anyone in Scottish football.

The big question here is whether he’s Celtic quality. If the club signed him, would supporters thereafter be disgruntled and underwhelmed? Possibly, but it would be a solid choice for a third striker.

Leigh Griffiths’ unavailability means that the Hoops are in the market for two forwards in January. Kamberi has a huge audition to play this afternoon. Whilst Celtic fans will hope he doesn’t take it, this could be a deal worth looking into in the future.