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.
Back in 2006, Celtic signed defender Jiri Jarosik for £3.15m from Premier League side Chelsea, per Transfermarkt. The player struggled at the Blues and was even shipped out on loan to Birmingham the season before the Hoops signed him. This perhaps should have been a warning sign for the Scottish side as his eventual career at Parkhead proved to not be as good as expected.
Jarosik only managed 21 appearances at Chelsea but managed double that amount at Celtic, per Transfermarkt. Even though he played at centre-back, he did manage to pick up seven goals along the way.
However, he struggled to hold down a regular first team place for the Hoops and, for a player who falls into the top 25 most expensive transfers in the club’s history, supporters may have expected a lot more from the Czech Republic international.
He only managed to stay at the club for a year and a half before Celtic deemed him surplus to requirements and they were not able to get back much of the money that they paid for him as he was sold to Krylya Sovetov Samara in Russia for only £900,000, per Transfermarkt.
Despite his decent goal tally for a defender, his inability to hold down a regular starting berth suggests that then-Celtic manager Gordon Strachan was not wholly convinced by him. By letting him leave for only 28.57% of the amount that they paid for him, Jarosik will have to go down as an underwhelming purchase by the Hoops.
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