Pukki makes Celtic switch
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Scottish champions Celtic announced on Saturday that they have signed Finnish international forward Teemu Pukki from Schalke on a four-year contract.

Pukki, 23, has won 24 caps for Finland and has been signed as a replacement for Gary Hooper, who left Celtic Park for English Premier League side Norwich City in July.

Celtic announced the signing on the club's official Twitter feed, writing: "Celtic are delighted to announce the signing of striker Teemu Pukki on a four-year deal."

"This is a big opportunity for me and I'm really happy to be here," Pukki said after his arrival. "Before playing for Finland against Slovenia (in a friendly earlier this month) I heard the manager [Neil Lennon] was coming to the game and I wanted to play well and show my skills.

"Of course, I was thinking that this would be a good place for me. I want to win the championship and it'll be great to play in the Champions League."

Celtic were drawn in Group H of the UEFA Champions League, along with Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax.

"I was a little bit scared and excited at the same moment," Pukki said of the draw. "It will be a great experience. It's my job to score goals and I want to show them I can do it." 

Pukki began his career with hometown club FC KooTeePee before moving to Spain with Sevilla.

He returned to Finland with HJK, before signing for Schalke in 2011 after impressing the German club while playing against them in a UEFA Europa League qualifying tie for HJK.