Victor Wanyama is one of many foreign talents who strutted their stuff for Celtic before moving down south to play in the English topflight.
At just 20-years-old Kenyan Victor Wanyama secured a £1 million move from Belgian side Germinal Beerschot, snubbing Rangers and Aston Villa (as per Daily Mail).
“It has always been a dream of mine to play for a club like Celtic,” he told the club’s official website (via BBC Sport).
“After reading the club’s history, I have chosen 67 as my squad number to show appreciation to the 1967 squad.”
Neil Lennon, who was on his first stint at the club back in 2011, added: “It’s fantastic news that Victor has now signed for Celtic.
“He will be an important addition to the squad and I look forward to him joining up with the boys on our return from Australia.”
Wanyama was originally touted as a central defender but found himself operating in the defensive midfield role more regularly during his period at the club, where he earned two domestic titles and one domestic cup in 91 appearances.
The sad reality for Celtic and many other clubs is that they are so often used as hunting grounds for richer Premier League clubs, who can throw their weight around the transfer market without response, and it was not long before his qualities caught the attention of Southampton – the very same club who would later buy Virgil van Dijk.
“It feels great and I am happy to be here,” said Wanyama in 2013, having just become the most expensive player bought from a Scottish club (BBC Sport), a record now held by another former Celtic in Moussa Dembele (per Transfermarkt).
“There were other options, but Southampton is a club with ambitions, so I chose to come here.
“Southampton is a good club and it has good players, so I just want to train hard and work hard to be a part of the starting XI. We’ll see where that will take me.
“I’m very grateful to be here and I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League.”
If Celtic helped him discover his midfield talents, then Southampton is really where he homed in on them. A big physical presence in the midfield who could dominate almost any player in a battle, Wanyama was a rock helping Southampton through some of their most successful periods in recent times.
But, just like Celtic, Southampton too fell victim to the football food chain. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino returned to his former club to pluck the Kenyan from their services for an estimated £11 million and that is where he has been ever since.
Unfortunately, serious injuries have seen Wanyama fall out of reckoning in north London and reported moves away from the club are common practise around the transfer window.