This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
When Celtic managed to acquire Efrain Juarez from UNAM Pumas in 2010, per Transfermarkt, fans did not know what to expect from the first ever Mexican to play in Scotland. They definitely found a surprise package but not in the ways a club would want and his brief spell at the club highlighted what a failure the signing was.
The right-back made 20 appearances in his first season at the club in all competitions, per Transfermarkt, even managing to pick up two goals along the way. Perhaps the player could have excelled at Paradise, but it was more his antics off the pitch that ruined any chances of a decent spell in Scotland coming to fruition.
Whilst on international duty, (and still playing at Celtic), Juarez broke rules and received a six-match international ban, and the way he broke the rules caused it to be heavily highlighted in the media, leaving the Hoops in an awkward position via FootballScotland.
This whole scenario caused a rift between the player and the club, he never added to his 20 appearances and after a loan stint at Spanish side Real Zaragoza, the player left on a free transfer in 2012, via Transfermarkt, meaning the club lost money on him.
It seems like the player’s attitude ruined any chance of him being a success at the club and the fact he only managed one season there before being shipped out on loan whilst the Celts lost over two million on him highlights that signing him was a total disaster.
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