Former Celtic attacker Jo Inge Berget becomes free agent

Former Celtic attacker, Jo Inge Berget has become a free agent after leaving Malmo. The Norwegian forward was brought to the club by fellow Scandinavian, Ronny Deila during the summer transfer window of 2014. The spell did not last long however, and Celtic decided to part ways with their loannee.

Despite a bright start to his Hoops career, scoring a double against Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership, Berget was deemed surplus to requirements by Deila and returned to his parent club, Cardiff City six months later in the winter transfer window. That spell didn’t last much longer either and he returned to Molde with his Cardiff coach Ole Gunner Solksjaer.

He would soon be off the mark again though, as he moved to Sweden with Malmo FF where he has been ever since – inbetween a spell at New York City. He infamously came back to haunt the Bhoys during a UEFA Champions League qualifier a year after the Scottish Champions sent him packing back down to Cardiff.

With a change of appearance and a total change in footballing ability and prowess in front of goal, the newly-transformed Berget virtually put the tin-hat on our quest for Champions League group stage football back in 2015. After going 3-0 ahead against the Swedes, in typical Celtic in Europe-fashion, we conceded two goals – both scored by the Nordic frontman, all but putting an end to our dreams of European football’s top table.

But now the big forward is on the lookout for a new club after being released by Malmo ahead of the new Swedish domestic football season kicking off. Taking to social media, Berget thanked Malmo for all the memories the club had given him and revealed that “football can be brutal”. Here is his message translated in full:

“Unfortunately, I am forced to say thank you and goodbye to Malmö FF. Football can be brutal. It feels strange to want to continue, but no longer to be wanted. Seven years, three children, five titles, two CL, two EL, 253 games, 59 goals, 52 assists and 100% heart. I am proud of my time at MFF.

 Agim Ibraimi of NK Maribor vies with Jo Inge Berget of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round, Second Leg  at Celtic Park on August 26, 2014 . (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Proud of what I have done, who I have been and what we have achieved together. I have made memories and friends for life. Fans, thank you so much. Now it will be exciting to see what the future holds!”


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