Celtic can be a club that can hold their hands up when it comes down to making some rather horrendous transfer decisions in the past.
The Bhoys may have dominated the football played in Scotland for as long as many can remember, however, the same type of success cannot necessarily be said about their recruitment strategy as there have been a number of questionable men to arrive in Glasgow.
Roy Keane, Du Wei, Rafael Scheidt, Derk Boerrigter and Marvin Compper can all firmly put themselves in the category of players who failed to make the grade at Celtic Park with many of the Hoops more than happy to forget that they were ever at the club in the first place.
However, there are times that a club can be grateful that a particular move did not happen and Celtic can certainly thank their lucky stars one man they looked at it 2017 did not join them.
According to a report by The Daily Mail, Lee Congerton had been keeping tabs on Srdjan Plavsic at the Under-21 European Championships that summer as he had impressed for Red Star Belgrade in the early stages of his career.
Also known affectionately as ‘Atomic Ant’ – due to his diminutive 5’5″ frame, eight goals and five assists in the 2016/17 campaign certainly made him an attractive prospect and one that was tipped to have a really bright future in the game.
And, the Scottish Premiership champions must be delighted that they missed out on him in the end if his career to date is anything to go by.
That summer, Plavsic joined Sparta Prague for a fee thought to be worth €1.3million (£1.2m) but has since failed to really show why he was hyped as much as he was.
Now 23-years-old, the Serbian has scored six goals and assisted a further six in his 46 appearances (Transfermarkt) for the Czech outfit, whilst he has missed plenty of action with various injury problems.
He was seen as an ideal candidate to replace Patrick Roberts at the time, however, Celtic managed to convince Manchester City to send him back to them for another loan spell.
With all due respect to the eastern European nation, if Plavsic could not make it in the Czech league, it is unlikely he would have been able to do so in Scotland either.
Celtic, therefore, must be pretty pleased they dodged this bullet and did not add another name to their long list of transfer flops.
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