As Celtic’s greatest ever player called time on his illustrious career at the age of 40 after a record breaking, treble winning season, we look back on the life of the man who can perhaps claim to be the finest striker in football history.
When Ivica Strok arrived at a cold Lennoxtown training centre on 11th January 2020 nobody could have anticipated the astonishing journey that the Croatian, and the club he was signing for, would go on over the next twenty-two years.
However, it is in Zagreb just over eighteen years before that January morning where the story begins. On 20th October 2001, almost exactly ten years on from Croatia claiming their independence from Yugoslavia, Ivica Strok was born in the country’s capital, and straight into footballing stock. Ivica Strok’s father Hrvoje was a midfielder at the city’s second team NK Zagreb, and would later move across the city…
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