If you look down the squad list of a club in the English top-flight, it’s more than likely that you’d find a player who plied their trade at Parkhead and donned the famous Celtic shirt.
A plethora of the Bhoys’ top talents have walked out on the club in search of better pay and a higher standard of football.
You only need to look at the recent transfer window, where Celtic lost Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer and Ryan Christie to south of the border. They even lost one of their finest academy players to England in Leo Hjelde.
Virgil van Dijk is the most famous example from years gone by, while Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong and Fraser Forster have all forged good careers elsewhere. However, one player who didn’t set the world alight in Glasgow has also been incredibly successful in England.
That happens to be Teemu Pukki. The Finnish striker didn’t impress hugely during his time at Celtic, scoring just nine times in 38 appearances.
However, on reflection, both the manager and fans alike will be happy to admit that it was a mistake to let him depart.
Deila himself revealed his regrets in 2019 over selling Pukki, saying: “He played my first matches at Celtic, but it seemed like the club was a little too big for him at the time. It may have been a mistake [letting him go out on loan to Brondby], as seen in retrospect.”
The Finn has been sensational after swapping Brondby for the Canaries and has racked up a grand haul of 68 goals in 129 outings at Carrow Road. His best season was undoubtedly in the 2018/19 campaign, when he was named the Championship’s Player of the Season after scoring 29 goals in 43 league games.
Commenting during a rich vein of form for the 31-year-old, Norwich manager Daniel Farke remarked: “I think he was unplayable during the whole game [vs Birmingham]. They had problems controlling his movement and he created a lot.”
Celtic would go on to bring Moussa Dembele and then Edouard to the club but it was evidently a mistake to sell a clinical attacker like Pukki as cheaply as they did.