Down the years Celtic have acquired some pretty awful players, today, we take a look at 10 of the worst.
10. Adam Virgo – Virgo arrived from Brighton In July 2005, the move came as a surprise move to most Celtic fans. He cost a reported £1.5 million. Virgo endured an indifferent start to his Celtic career, being substituted in his first starting appearance after conceding a penalty. Subsequently Virgo lost his starting place in the team and never really got it back.
9. Martin Hayes – Hayes joined from Arsenal in 1990. Hayes only played seven matches for Celtic and never had a lengthy spell in the team. Due to Hayes’ lack feature such a measly amount of times he defiantly deserves his place in this top 10.
8. Jeremie Aliadiere – In the summer of 2005 Aliadière was sent on loan to Celtic for the entire 2005–06 season in order to play regular first team football. Despite his limited appearances, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had stated he had a future at Arsenal, but was being kept out of the side by the form of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp. In the end, he made just two substitute appearances for the club, one in each leg of Celtic’s loss to Artmedia Bratislava.
7. David Hannah – Hannah moved to Celtic in a £650k deal. Hannah went on to make over forty league appearances for the Bhoys, picking up a League winners’ medal and a League Cup medal during the 1997-98 season, and completing a clean sweep of domestic honours. This said Hannah never oozed Celtic class and was never really taken into the hearts of the faithful. Well, less so than others ever were.
6. Henri Camara – Camara joined Celtic for 1.5m during the 2004-2005 season and although he didn’t have a bad scoring record it was always evident that the club had a bad apple in their ranks. From the onset Camara was never going to settle at Celtic. “Camara claimed in the press that he would replace Henrik Larsson, who had just left the club. He also requested Larsson’s squad number 7 which he had had at a previous club as well, but was instead given number 27.”
5. Ramon Vega – Vega only spent 6 months at Parkhead and was reasonably successful during his short stay. However, the Swiss was never going to be a Celtic favourite having rejected the club 6 months before he eventually joined the Glasgow giants. Vega was quickly forgotten after his short spell at the club and it is more than fair to say that we didn’t really miss the towering defender.
4. Paul Telfer – Telfer spent just under two seasons with Celtic but never really found great form. Although playing in some high profile matches, it was always evident that Telfers career at the club was going to be limited not only due to his ability, but his age too.
3. Du Wei – At Celtic Du wei made several appearances on the bench before he finally made his debut in the Scottish Cup third round tie against Clyde on 9 January 2006 in a shock 2-1 defeat. “His uninspiring first team debut saw him substituted at half time by Celtic manager Gordon Strachan, with his display seeing him being outplayed by the opposition and being at fault for Clyde’s two goals. After that display he was dropped from the team and his loan was cut short with him returning back to Shanghai.”
2. Tony Cascarino – Cascarino had a nightmare spell at Celtic Park. The striker could barely hit a barn door. In 24 appearances Cascarino only netted 4 times. For a man who played 88 times for his country, his spell at Celtic was shocking.
1. Raphael Scheidt – There is no doubt that Scheidt is Celtics worst ever transfer mistake. It was rumoured that Celtic’s manager John Barnes had signed him without anyone at the club having seen him play, and given the reports of just how bad he actually was this is most probably the case. Horrified by the cold, wet, Scottish winter, baffled by talk of deep fried Mars bars, and hampered by injuries, it’s no wonder he struggled to settle in.
So there you have it, inevitably I will have missed quite a few shocking transfers such as Ian Wright and Dion Dublin. Why not comment and bring them to light!
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