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Celtic boss confident Holmbert Fridjonsson already capable of leading line

The Icelandic striker is close to agreeing a £100,000 move from Fram Reykjavik.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon.
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Neil Lennon is confident prospective January signing Holmbert Aron Fridjonsson will come ready-made to spearhead Celtic's attack.

The 20-year-old is discussing personal terms over a move to Glasgow, after a £100,000 bid was accepted by Fram Reykjavik.

Fridjonsson, who is yet to represent Iceland at full international level, scored 12 goals in 23 appearances in the 2013 season but many Celtic fans expected him to be a long-term project of the club, and not an immediate option for the first team.

Lennon though disagrees, saying: "The fee is agreed. It is up to the player and his representative to agree personal terms.

"I would imagine we would get it done over the weekend.

"He is one for the present. The season is just finished in Iceland so he may need a little bit of break so we may not see him immediately but I'd like to think he would be making inroads around Christmas time.

"He is a good player for his age, a good size, we had him in for a week's trial and were hugely impressed by him.

"It is not a huge outlay but we think he is a player who will get better and at 20, he has very good potential.

"Technically he is very good, he is excellent in the air, he leads the line very well and, for the Scottish game, he likes the physical side of thing as well."

Fridjonsson, who can't be officially registered until January, scored 10 goals in 21 league appearances for Fram, who finished just above the relegation zone this year. He also scored twice in two cup appearances.

The 6ft 3in striker has also represented Iceland at Under-21 level, finding the net in his last international against France in a 4-3 defeat.

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