Celtic fans may remember the name Sander Puri from a past life.
The winger was strongly linked with a move to Glasgow exactly a decade ago. In fact, Puri even trained at Lennoxtown before then Hoops boss Tony Mowbray decided not to make a move.
Back in 2009, the Daily Record reported Celtic’s interest in the player and included quotes from the Estonian manager Tarmo Ruutli. He waxed lyrical about Puri labelling him “the Baltic Arjen Robben”.
Celtic and Puri to meet again
Fast forward a decade and Puri hasn’t exactly lived up to the hype. He’s played the majority of his career in his native Estonia with a number of clubs.
Puri also enjoyed a short stint at St. Mirren where he made his debut in a draw against Celtic in March 2013.
And the 31-year-old is now ready to take on the Hoops again in the coming weeks. Puri now plays for Nomme Kalju who will provide the opposition for Celtic’s next two competitive matches.
The Estonian champions stand between Neil Lennon’s side and a place in the third round of Champions League qualification. Puri’s bizarre career has once again brought him near Celtic. Time will tell how this one turns out.