Celtic will only manage to recoup £1.3m as expensive flop edges closer to exit

Celtic have rightfully built a reputation as a club who sign talented youngsters and develop them into great players who can be sold for a profit.

Of course that isn’t an exact science, so there will always be some disasters in there too.

For every Virgil van Dijk, Moussa Dembele or Odsonne Edouard, there will be a Jack Hendry, Amido Balde or a Kouassi Eboue. Kouassi is expected to be the first player to leave the club this summer as Neil Lennon prepares for a 10IAR push.

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The Ivorian arrived in 2016 despite having limited senior experience, and he never managed to nail down a place in the team. He’s barely played a game on loan at Genk this season either, but it sounds like they still want to sign him.

According to a report from HITC, the Belgian side are about to complete a £1.3m move to sign the midfielder, although they do point out that Celtic paid £3m to sign him in the first place.

Clearly Brendan Rodgers saw something in him to sanction that spending, but he didn’t give him too many chances to impress, while that trend also continued under Lenny.

He’s still only 22 so there’s plenty of time for him to improve, but it’s concerning that he’s spent five years as a professional player yet he’s only made 23 league appearances so far.

It’s clear he was a punt who didn’t pay off, so you can’t blame the club for simply getting what they can and moving on.

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