As we discussed at the start of the month, Celtic had been hot on the heels of FC Krasnodar’s highly-rated midfielder Kouassi Eboue.
After a protracted signing process that required work permit appeals and medicals, Celtic today finally announced they’d landed their man subject to final confirmation of his government visa.
???? BREAKING: Celtic complete signing of Kouassi Eboue subject to visa. ????????
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) January 12, 2017
The Ivorian midfielder will wear the number 88 shirt, made famous by Gary Hooper during his spell at the club.
He’s already met his teammates, flying out to join them in Dubai for their Winter training camp. He’s since left to fly to Moscow and then on to the UK, with his visa requiring him to enter the country from Russia.
As reported by the BBC, the deal to bring him to Glasgow was worth around £3m, a not insignificant amount of money in Scottish football terms.
The 19-year old has the chance to make his debut when Celtic are next in action on 22nd January, away to Albion Rovers in the 4th Round of the Scottish Cup.
The signing has of course delighted Celtic fans and they took to twitter to share their joy…
Got this feeling that Eboue is going to be an amazing signing .
— skelper (@gloriouslytic) January 12, 2017
Eboue looks to have huge potential. Excellent time to sign him too. A few months to bed in before next season starts. Delighted with this.
— Stevie Jackson (@bobby__peru) January 12, 2017
Welcome to Paradise big lad, Kouassi Eboue ???????? #WelcomeEBoue #88
— lovejoysalegend (@lovejoysalegend) January 12, 2017
He's promised to be a 'Lion' on the pitch.
He's wearing the no.88 shirt.
He's belted out The Celtic Symphony.
— Gordon McGuire (@GordieMcGuire89) January 12, 2017
I'm liking Eboue wearing the No. 88 shirt. He'll fit right in here at Celtic Park. Maybe two more signings and it'll be a very good window ????
— Sybaris Ali (@Sybaris77) January 12, 2017
Kouassi Eboue looks a good prospect.
The very definition of Moneyball.
— Tierney F1rst ???? (@CelticF1rst) January 12, 2017
Kouassi Eboue could be a quality signing, could see this being good ????????????
— Jed Marr???? (@jedmarr8892) January 12, 2017
Delighted with Eboue. Looks like a real positive addition.
— James Patrick (@JPFlawless82) January 12, 2017