This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
In 2006, Celtic signed Scottish striker Kenny Miller on a free transfer, per Transfermarkt, and he looked like an ideal finisher to come and boost the club’s attacking threat as he had managed 53 goals in the six seasons before he joined the club.
However there was definitely controversy to this signing as Miller had previously played at Old Firm rivals Rangers five years before he moved to the Hoops. When speaking on this move, via The Sun, he said: “I had been away from Rangers for five years at that point. I had five brilliant years at Wolves but I felt it was time to move on. That Wolves team was breaking up – Lescott was leaving, Naylor left, Colin Cameron had left.
“The opportunity was there. I like to think of myself as a winner and I want to play my part in a successful team. I felt going to Celtic at that time and playing in the Champions League. I had a wee taste of it with Rangers, but I had only played one game.”
Celtic fans might not have wanted him when he arrived, but he managed to have a decent career at the side, playing 38 times in all competitions and scoring ten goals whilst picking up four assists, per Transfermarkt. He also managed to win two league titles, and his attacking threat clearly helped the Hoops towards these trophies.
The comments and his decent success albeit not the best would have pleased supporters of the club, and he eventually left them in 2007 to go to Derby County. After signing Miller on a free, the Hoops were able to sell him for £4.05 million, so not only did his goals help them win the title, they also made a healthy profit on him and this highlights how he was a good signing for Celtic at the time.
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