With so many players looking to be heading out the exit door at Parkhead this summer. Who of them can honestly look back at their time in Glasgow with their heads held high?
Names such as Giorgos Samaras, Andeas Hinkel, Joos Hooiveld, Efrain Juarez, Cha Du-Ri and Daryl Murphy look likely to be playing elsewhere next season with a few more maybe to follow them.
This brings up the question will any of them ever be remembered fondly at Celtic? Will they all go down as being flops? Or will they even be remembered at all? In a week were some of the worst players to pull on a Celtic shirt were voted online. Can any of the players mentioned above state a case for them selves not to be mentioned in this poll? I have chosen my worst three players to play for Celtic to my recollection and lets see if any of you think that they are better than the players names above.
Harald Brattbakk- The man signed from Rosenborg in December 1997 by Wim Janesn was supposedly the new Marco Van Basten coming to Scotland from Norway with an impressive record 0f 97 goals in 100 appearances, How wrong this was to be. Brattbakk played 45 times for the club scoring only 12 goals in the process. He couldn’t cope with the pressure of life in Glasgow and crumbled even more so when he took to the field.
He is still largely regarded as the worst ever signing for the Hoops by many fans and was regularly taunted by them saying ” Harald, Have you got your contacts in today ? ” Regarding to a game in which he used one of his contact lenses falling out as an excuse to why he had such a poor performance. He did however score four in one game against Kilmarnock but he could have scored easily ten or twelve that day with the chances he had. This ultimately lead to him being sold to Copenhagen in 2000.
Rab Douglas- The man nicknamed ” Bob the Builder ” has easily got to be considered one of the worst keepers ever to be brought in at Parkhead. He stood at 6ft 5ins tall when standing up although when he came out for a cross you would have swore he was the 5ft 6ins. He was indecisive at corners an crossed ball situations which led to many blunders and was became famous for them in old firm matches before he left.
Largely regarded as the man responsible for the defeat to Porto in the Uefa cup final in Seville 2003. Douglas was also in goals for Scotland in the 6-0 thrashing by Holland in the Euro 2004 Qualifying play-off. Subsequently his last game while Berti Vogts was in charge. He was replaced at Celtic in 2004 by Magnus Hedman and also young keeper at the time David Marshall. The Celtic fans certainly don’t miss him.
Gary Caldwell – In my opinion Gordon Strachan’s worst ever signing for Celtic. The defender known as “one half of the chuckle brothers” to most of the Celtic fans was signed from Hibs on a free transfer in 2006. He certainly thought a lot of himself but fans didn’t think much of him at Parkhead with him constantly giving the ball away to the opposition, reckless tacking, inability to read situations added together with his shocking passing and his non-existant speed. Caldwell’s poor defending cost Celtic countless times including a horror show in Lisbon which cost his team a valuable champions league point and pro longed their shocking away record in europe.
He played 106 games for the club and had the cheek to demand more money from the board in a dispute over a new contract offer a move which cost him his place at Celtic.
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