Celtic flop Amido Balde's nostalgic transfer video

By Connor Gordon

February 5, 2019

Former Celtic striker Amido Baldé has moved to Indonesia and will join Persebaya Surabaya.

The journeyman flop will be joining his 15th club of his career.

Persebaya announced the arrival of the Guinea-Bissau international with a Celtic centred video on Twitter.

This goes to show that online videos on players should be taken with a grain of salt.

Tale of the tape of Amido Baldé

The 27-year-old forward started his professional career at Sporting Club de Portugal where he was a youth player.

Various loans in and around the country got him a move to cup winners Vitória de Guimarães where he came to the attention of Neil Lennon.

Amido Baldé starring for Portugese cup winners Vitoria SC. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

At Parkhead, Baldé became a cult hero with the supporters but didn’t back up his reputation with goals.

Whenever the striker was set to enter the field as a sub, fans would cheer emphatically as if the team has scored a goal.

At Celtic, the striker only managed three goals in 20 matches but did score a winner against Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side in a friendly in Dublin.

Celtic striker scoring into Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side in Dublin. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Since leaving the Hoops, the former Portugese youth international has played around the world with French side Metz the standout club.

Striker could finally find his level in Indonesia

The reported fee is unknown but a free transfer wouldn’t be unimaginable for the journeyman.

Persebaya Surabaya finished fifth last season in the Indonesian league.

They were only a few points off qualifying for the Asian Champions League and will hope Baldé boosts their fortunes.

He will not be the only one familiar with Scotland in the country as the national team’s manager is a Scot.

Former Philippines and current Indonesia manager Simon McMenemy is from Aberdeen. (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Bhayangkara manager, Aberdonian Simon McMenemy, managed the side to that Champions League spot.

However, the striker’s new side is entirely Indonesian except Brazilian defender Otávio Dutra.

It will be a new challenge for the former Celtic fan and the supports do wish him all the best.

He’s finally breaking into his national team and a good run in Asia can boost his profile.

All he needs is stability and he may have finally found that with Persebaya.