Celtic flop Amido Balde's nostalgic transfer video
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.
Welcome Amido Balde pic.twitter.com/eSnv7uYVS1
— Official Persebaya (@persebayaupdate) February 4, 2019
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.
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.
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 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.