Mixu Paatelainen is wrong to suggest Celtic should have stuck with misfiring Teemu Pukki, despite the striker’s success at Norwich this season.
Paatelainen gave Pukki is international debut for Finland and stuck with the striker despite his failure at Celtic Park.
The former Hibs and Kilmarnock manager believes Pukki’s success at Norwich this season suggests Celtic were wrong to bin the former Schalke striker.
However, he is wrong when it comes to Pukki. The signing was doomed for failure from the start.
First of all, Pukki left Celtic five years ago. It would have been a long time to wait for him to start firing.
It took Celtic a long time to sign Pukki, having been linked with him for most of the summer of 2013.
Eventually on deadline day, The BBC reported Celtic had gotten their man, for an undisclosed fee.
Signed for the big European nights, Pukki failed to fill the void left by Gary Hooper.
The Finnish striker only netted nine times for Celtic in 38 games. He departed on loan to Brondby, which became a permanent deal.
Fast forward five years, and Pukki is a revelation in the Championship.
He’s netted 25 goals in 37 games for the Canaries and has every chance of firing them to the Premiership.
However, despite his success at Norwich, it is no indication that he would’ve came good at Celtic eventually.
Pukki was too timid to play at a club of Celtic’s stature. He couldn’t play under the expectations of having to win every game.
Furthermore, his body language was often negative. He looked like he would’ve rather been anywhere else but in a Celtic shirt at times.
The lost Bhoy
He did show flashes of what he could offer Celtic. He scored a neat header on his debut and his link up play at times was exciting.
However it was only that, flashes. He would quickly revert to back into his shell. Pukki played for Celtic like a lost boy at times.
Now though, it looks like he has found his home at Carrow Road. Good luck to him, he deserves his success at Norwich.
However, Celtic won’t be losing any sleep over his goal scoring exploits down south.