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.
In September 2014, Celtic managed to sign striker Stefan Scepovic from Spanish outfit Sporting Gijón per Transfermarkt. The deal cost the club around £2.28 million, which is a hefty amount for a player unproven in the SPFL.
His goalscoring record at the Spanish side was decent, as he had netted 28 goals in 57 games, and due to this Gijon were able to make profit on the player when he made the move to Celtic.
However these were appearances La Liga 2, so arguably it was quite a risk when the Hoops signed him. Celtic were to realise sooner rather than later that he was not up to the standards needed to succeed at Parkhead and after featuring 24 times in his first season, per Transfermarkt, he only managed to score five goals.
He managed one more appearance in the following season, but the Bhoys had seen enough and sent him out on loan to Getafe.
In La Liga (for Getafe), Scepovic only managed six goals in 34 appearances, highlighting that he is not the most prolific goalscorer and after his loan there, Celtic sold him to the Spanish side in 2016 for only £1.08 million, meaning they made a loss of £1.2 million after just 26 appearances.
Even though he managed to come away with two league titles in Scotland, Scepovic was quite a failure at Celtic and it sadly never worked out – ultimately he was a bit of a waste of money. These days he plays for Machida Zelvia in the second tier of Japanese football.
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