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Profit Players: Cristian Gamboa

Profit Players: Cristian Gamboa

Celtic supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side pick up a seventh successive domestic trophy under Brendan Rodgers at the weekend.

The Northern Irishman took over at Parkhead back in the summer of 2016 and led the Bhoys to an unbeaten domestic season in his first campaign in charge, winning the clean sweep of Scottish honours. His team then backed that up brilliantly last term, and they have won one leg of the treble this time round as well after lifting the Scottish League Cup on Sunday courtesy of a 1-0 win over Aberdeen, with Ryan Christie netting the winner for Rodgers’ men.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hugely looking forward to the rest of the season, this all despite their distinct lack of activity during the summer transfer window.

And while the club were criticised by many for the lack of business conducted during the close season, they have otherwise backed Rodgers in the window, not least in 2016 when Cristian Gamboa was one of several additions made by the 45-year-old upon appointment as Celtic boss.

The right back cost the Bhoys £1.08 million (as per Transfermarkt) to take him off West Brom’s hands, but given how ineffective he has been during his time north of the border, the Baggies are the only real winners from a Rodgers call that is very much backfiring.

Ultimately, Rodgers went into Celtic off the back of Ronny Deila’s testing tenure at Parkhead, and the Northern Irishman made his intentions clear by making six signings in the summer, one of which being right back Gamboa from the Hawthorns.

And he went on to appear 21 times in all competitions for the Scottish giants that term as they went through the whole domestic season unbeaten, swapping often with fellow right back Mikael Lustig in their battle for the regular starting role.

But it’s the latter that appears to have won that battle if recent years are anything to go by, as Gamboa, capped 71 times by Costa Rica, made just three appearances for Celtic last season, while his tally of only six this time round hardly suggests that he has disposed the Sweden international of a regular place in Rodgers’ side.

In fact, 29-year-old Gamboa now hasn’t featured in the Scottish Premiership since February to underline just how far behind Lustig he is in the pecking order, which is particularly concerning given the latter hasn’t exactly been faultless in that time.

Clearly then, West Brom did extremely well to recoup half of the £2.16 million (as per Transfermarkt) they spent on the right back in the summer of 2014, especially given he only featured 17 times for the Baggies in his two-year spell at the Hawthorns.

And with Gamboa struggling to make a meaningful impact at Celtic, it’s clear that the Midlands outfit are the only real winners from a Rodgers call that is seriously backfiring.

Celtic and West Brom fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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