Celtic’s transfers in recent years have had mixed successes, haven’t they? A mixture of permanent and loan signings arrive at Parkhead every year, despite some players not living up to expectations, the majority do, in fact, make a positive impact on the green side of Glasgow.
During this campaign, the vast majority of incomings, courtesy of Lee Congerton’s scouting, have been a success in relation to the fee paid for the player. Odsonne Edouard and Scott Bain have been the standouts on a permanent basis, with loanees such as Timo Weah, Oliver Burke and Filip Benkovic also particularly catching the eye in their performances.
However, across the last five years, not all the deals have been a success story. With that being said, here are two of the worst Celtic signings in recent years…
Scepovic joined from Sporting Gijon in 2014 off the back of a remarkable season in Spain where he scored 23 goals and assisted nine times for the La Liga 2 side.
The Serbian was unable to replicate this form in Scotland as he notched five goals in 25 appearances, with just three of them coming within 18 League appearances.
Having been rather unimpressive a lot of his turnouts in a Celtic shirt, the journeyman soon returned to Spain after just a year in Scotland and now plays his football for Jagiellonia in Poland.
Compper arrived from RB Leipzig in January 2018, yet has made just the one appearance for the Bhoys.
The 33-year-old started in a 3-0 victory over Morton in the Scottish Cup quarter-final two months after signing, but he has not played since having seemingly been hampered by injuries. His injury record speaks for itself and given how frequently he has been sidelined over the years, the move in the first place was certainly a risky one.
There is still over a year left on his contract so lots of variables could change within that time, but as things stand his transfer was one of Celtic’s worst of recent years.