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Profit Players: Stefan Johansen

Profit Players: Stefan Johansen

Celtic supporters have been pretty upbeat in recent times after seeing their team return to top spot in the Scottish Premiership over the weekend.

Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their clash with table-toppers Kilmarnock on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways in the league after drawing 1-1 with Motherwell last time out, and knowing that victory would take them back to the summit of the division. And they picked up all three points in emphatic fashion at Celtic Park in sweeping aside Steve Clarke’s team 5-1, with a brace from James Forrest as well as strikes from Odsonne Edouard, Mikael Lustig, and Ryan Christie inspiring the hosts to a tenth Scottish Premiership win of the campaign.

As such, there have been many thrilled Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be looking towards the January window in a bid for the reinforcements their side need to fend off Rangers to win an eighth straight league title.

And while manager Rodgers has on the whole impressed during his time at Parkhead, his decision to sanction the departure of midfielder Stefan Johansen to Fulham back in 2016 is one that certainly raised a few eyebrows.

And given how integral the £2.07 million signing (as per Transfermarkt) has been to the Cottagers over the years, it’s pretty clear that the Premier League club have been the only real victors from Rodgers’ decision.

Ultimately, the 27-year-old made the move to Celtic back in January 2014 and went on to play 114 times for the Bhoys in his two-and-a-half year spell at Parkhead, helping the club win three Scottish Premiership crowns as well as the Scottish League Cup in the process.

And with regular football under Rodgers’ predecessor Ronny Deila, one may have expected the Norway international to play a key role under the Northern Irishman as well, only for the ex-Liverpool chief to let him leave for £2.07 million in 2016, thus seeing the club make a loss given they signed him for £2.17 million (as per Transfermarkt) a few years earlier.

And the 27-year-old has since gone from strength to strength to help Fulham get out of the Championship, scoring eight goals and laying on eight assists last term to help Slavisa Jokanovic’s side win promotion via the play-offs – this all after netting 11 times the season before to inspire the club to a top six finish.

And while he hasn’t commanded regular football in the Premier League this term, starting on just four occasions so far and failing to appear in each of their last two matches, it’s clear that Johansen has proven his worth to Fulham in the last few years – they have certainly got every penny out of the £2.07 million they paid Celtic for him back in 2016.

As such, given just how integral Johansen has become at Fulham, alongside the fact the Bhoys made a small loss on the 27-year-old, it’s pretty clear that the Cottagers have been the only real victors from Rodgers’ decision to let the midfielder go little over two years ago.

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

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