Hibernian striker Florian Kamberi has to be watched by Celtic

By David Walton

February 6, 2019

Florian Kamberi’s form has been shocking lately, but Celtic can’t be fooled by that when Hibs visit tonight.

We all know how big a game tonight’s one is, and hopefully that will lead to no complacency being shown. Particularly when it comes to the Hibs striker.

Neil Lennon certainly never messed about when talking about the striker’s faults during his final days at Easter Road. Some believe Kamberi had a part to play that sorry day Lennon got suspended.

Neil Lennon was always demanding more from Kamberi (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

And if you’ve been watching any of Hibs’ recent matches, you’ll see exactly why Lennon was so incensed with the forward.

His movement is almost non-existent as he filters in and out of games. Added to that, when he does manage to get into promising areas, he has such a low level of confidence when it comes to putting them away or playing the right pass.

Not as poor as his form suggests

But we all know Kamberi isn’t a poor player. We’ve seen enough experience of that first-hand this season. After all, the Swiss forward has bagged two stunning goals against the Hoops this season. One at Celtic Park and one at Easter Road.

When he gets a sight of goal, he’s still capable of punishing you. Considering the fact his confidence could return at any moment, Celtic’s Jozo Simunovic and potentially Nir Bitton need to keep their eyes on him.

Florian Kamberi has been a massive problem for Celtic in the past (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Recently, Kamberi has only managed one goal since scoring at Easter Road against Brendan Rodgers’ men. That strike came in a 4-0 home rout against Elgin City. That’s just two goals in his last nine matches. Yet, that run is just part of a longer barren spell. The full picture shows that the striker actually has two goals in 15 matches.

The stat reads horribly, but two of his last three goals have come against Celtic. He’s shown an ability to net in big games against the likes of Celtic, Rangers, and Hearts to name a few.

Taking his form for granted this evening would be a huge mistake. Fortunately, complacency hasn’t been a problem since Celtic returned from Dubai.