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.

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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.

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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.

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