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.
Celtic picked up Welsh midfielder Joe Ledley on a free transfer back in 2010 from Championship side Cardiff City, per Transfermarkt. He had played 252 times for the Wales-based outfit, scoring 29 times and picking up 21 assists, so to move to the Hoops was a big moment in his career. He brought some very special moments to Celtic Park and eventually was sold on for a great profit, ultimately proving to be a rather astute signing.
Ledley played 157 times in the green and white hoops, scoring 30 goals as well as picking 24 goals, per Transfermarkt, and stayed at the club for three years. This shows that he was a consistent starter during his spell at the club and he enjoyed plenty of success in Glasgow as Celtic won the Premiership three times in a row as well as the Scottish Cup twice during his time at Parkhead.
He will also be fondly remembered by supporters of the Hoops for scoring a header from a corner in the 1-0 victory against Rangers in December 2011. This was a crucial goal in the 2011/12 campaign as it meant Celtic leapfrogged their Old Firm rivals to go top of the league. This was an extraordinary feat in the context of them being 15 points adrift of the ‘Gers only eight weeks previously, per BBC Sport.
Eventually his good work in the middle of the pitch did not go unnoticed and Premier League side Crystal Palace signed him from Celtic in January 2014 for £3.15m, which was a great bit of business from the Scottish side bearing in mind they signed him for free. Ledley proved to be a bargain of a signing who made a healthy profit for the Hoops after a successful spell in Glasgow.
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