It feels like an annual occasion where Celtic’s star man walks out of the club. Kieran Tierney left in a record-breaking £25m deal for Arsenal last summer while the year before that saw Moussa Dembele walk out for £19.7m.
Add the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Fraser Forster to that and you have an alarming number of players who have walked through the exit door.
One of their best players of the last decade, however, was Victor Wanyama.
The Kenyan enforcer arrived in 2011 for a fee of just £900,000. Acquiring a work permit was a troubling situation for the Hoops who had an initial request turned down. Yet, after Neil Lennon held a conference call with the Scottish FA, his transfer from Belgian side Germinal Beerschot was confirmed.
Fortunately for Lennon and his side, the hard work they put in to sign the midfielder was all worth it.
Just 20 at the time, the holding player arrived as an unknown quantity in Glasgow. After leaving, however, he was a household name, moving to Southampton and the Premier League. He became the first in a long line of players to cross the border to St Mary’s.
However, what makes the whole deal to sign and sell Wanyama are the finances involved. Time and time again the Bhoys have taken on a healthy profit from younger players they’ve invested in and the Kenya international was no different.
Arriving for a measly fee, Celtic ultimately made a hefty £11.6m profit on the midfielder who left for £12.5m to the English top-flight in 2013.
Having played 91 games for the Glaswegians, he cost just 9.8k per game if you take into account his transfer fee – a price that was duly paid back by the Kenyan when he departed for pastures new.
However, there was more to this signing that meets the eye.
In many ways, it was redemption for Peter Lawwell who just two years prior had to write a letter of apology to the supporters. This was following a trophyless season and years of trying to catch Rangers up in the transfer market.
Though, after just a year at the club, Wanyama was already winning the title with Celtic. Funnily enough, a successive championship followed the season after. The midfield commander was the steel of the side as the Hoops began claiming back their dominance over Scottish football.