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.
Most signings arrive at their new clubs with expectations on their shoulders, especially if they are a striker. Scott McDonald had this but also had to win over Celtic fans when he signed in 2007 from Motherwell for £855,000, per Transfermarkt, as he had cost them the title back in 2005.
The Australian international scored two late goals which ripped the title out of Martin O’Neill’s grasp at Fir Park in 2005 and gave it to Old Firm rivals Rangers. Apparently, this is a moment which still annoys some Hoops fans to this day as McDonald said following a match he attended with his son in 2018 (via Daily Record): “I was so excited as it was Callum’s first ever Celtic game. It was the 1-0 win over Hamilton when Dedryck Boyata scored the winner.
“It was such a proud moment for me as a father, passing on the tradition by taking my boy to Celtic Park for the first time. It brought a lot of memories rushing back. But some guy came up to me and started having a go. ‘I’ve got a long memory,’ that kind of thing.”
The heavy expectation on his shoulders did not seem to faze McDonald as he played 117 games in all competitions for the Celts, scoring 59 goals and picking up 18 assists. He was at the club for two years and managed to come away with a Premiership title as well as a League Cup, per Transfermarkt.
In the 2007/08 season in which he won the league title, he emphasised why he was such a bargain for the club as he picked up 25 goals and was the top scorer in the division, which shows how crucial he was to Celtic winning the title that year. In that same season, he netted a last-minute winner against then-Champions League holders AC Milan in a pulsating European clash at Parkhead.
Clearly his good performances did not go unnoticed as he was signed by Middlesbrough in 2010 for £3.87m, so not only did he become a great signing for the Hoops due to his contributions, but he was also a great profit player as they recouped more than £3m on him.
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