9-in-a-row’s bit-part Bhoys: Steven Mouyokolo

WITH Celtic winning 9IAR during the week, it allowed for supporters to take stock of the last nine years from a personal point of view as well as from a footballing perspective. Celtic became Champions of Scotland after a blistering win at Rugby Park back in 2012 and since then, no team has been near the Premiership trophy that has been kept safe in the Celtic trophy room.

This series will look at a few forgotten names in the 9IAR winning teams and how their career transpired following their time with Celtic.

In the 2012/13 season, Celtic had Miku as a bit-part player in the 9IAR run. Steven Mouyokolo is the bit-part player from the 2013/14 season.

With eight games in three seasons, Mouyokolo was signed on a free transfer from Wolves in the hope that the Frenchman could replicate the form shown in the Premier League with Hull City.

Mouyokolo’s injury concerns meant he was only given a one year deal but he was given his professional debut in a win over Aberdeen having featured in pre-season friendlies. Clearly Neil Lennon fancied him as a player as he put him together with Virgil Van Dijk for the crucial Champions League playoff versus Shakhtar Karagandy.

Following the 2-0 defeat to Karagandy, Mouyokolo suffered a ruptured Achilles and almost ending his season. He was out from August to April when he made a substitution appearance against Dundee United.

At the end of his contract, he departed having played two times in the Premiership as Celtic won 3IAR.

The Celtic Wiki has a quote from Mouyokolo following his departure in which he attributes his injuries as well as Neil Lennon’s departure to his decision to leave.

“I was great at the club, I got along great with everyone. I have finished the season after my injury. But the coach who brought me (Neil Lennon) is gone. I want a new challenge.”

Mouyokolo’s professional career appears to be over as he hasn’t had a team since leaving Celtic. A return to Wolves fell through as a result of the player unfortunately failing a medical.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He plans to be at every game until we get to the Ten ourselves. He's in his Honours Year studying Law and plans to specialise in Sports Law when he graduates. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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