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.
Back in 1999, Celtic managed to pick up central midfielder Stiliyan Petrov from CSKA Sofia for £2 million, per Soccerbase. He was definitely an unknown to the Hoops fanbase but he would leave the club a fan favourite, whilst also making the Scottish side a lot of money.
Was Petrov a profit player?
The Bulgarian enjoyed a very successful career at the Hoops, featuring 288 times and scoring 64 goals, whilst also winning ten pieces of silverware including three Scottish Cups and Scottish League Cups and winning the league title four times, per thecelticwiki.
He clearly was a huge part of this success and this was recognised as he won the Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Year in 2001.
Petrov will also be remembered fondly as he was part of the squad that went on a great UEFA Cup run in the 2002/03 campaign. They managed to get all the way to the final of the competition before narrowly losing to FC Porto 3-2.
His performances at Celtic did not go unnoticed and Premier League side Aston Villa ended up signing the player from the Hoops for £6.5 million in 2006, per Soccerbase, meaning Celtic made £4.5 million on the Bulgarian.
His very successful career at Parkhead, combined with the large amount of profit the club made, highlights how much of a profit player Petrov was for the club. Bringing him was truly inspired business by John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish.
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