The Celtic-AIK connection most fans would like to forget

By John Reid

August 16, 2019

With Celtic facing AIK in the Europa League play-off on Thursday, it brought back memories of a player who has played for both teams – Mohamed Bangura.

Bangura joined the Hoops in 2011 on a four-year deal. He signed from AIK, and was set to provide striking competition to the likes of Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes.

No goals and a serious injury

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Unfortunately for the player, the move didn’t work out at all. He made 15 appearances for the Hoops in his first season with the club and didn’t score a single goal. He wasn’t helped though by a knee injury that ended his season early.

Bangura was then sent out on loan twice – once to AIK and once to Elfsborg – before the Hoops terminated his contract in 2014.

Interestingly, whilst on loan at Elfsborg he played on loan against Celtic in a Champions League qualifying tie. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t find the back of the net in either game.

Found it hard to be a success at club

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Bangura is just one of a number of strikers who found it hard to be a success at Celtic in the last decade. The Hoops have been lucky in that position recently. The likes of Leigh Griffiths, Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard have been prolific goalscorers.

It wasn’t always like this, especially in the early part of the decade. Thankfully, for the moment, those problems seem to be in the past for Celtic.