Celtic flop Youssouf Mulumbu leaves door open for Scotland return

By David Walton

December 19, 2019

Former Celtic midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has kept the door open on a potential return to Scotland.

The Congolese midfielder signed for the Hoops from Kilmarnock back in the summer of 2018. Unfortunately, his time at Parkhead couldn’t have been more unsuccessful. He made just three appearances for the club, and was punted back to Killie for a loan spell during the second half of last season (Transfermarkt).

His return to Celtic didn’t lead to anything. He was released and, quite incredibly, still hasn’t managed to find a new club despite leaving us in June.

Youssouf Mulumbu still hasn’t found a new club yet (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

However, his journey could end up leading him all the way back to Scotland in the future. Speaking to the Scottish Sun about Kilmarnock’s managerial situation, Mulumbu revealed there’s a chance he could still play here once again as he responded swiftly:

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“You never know. I have never closed any door.”

Mulumbu would be an excellent addition for many Scottish clubs

It’s a shame to see Mulumbu without a club for so long. After his disastrous spell with us, it’s easy to forget just how experienced a player the veteran is.

Indeed, this is a player with over 160 Premier League appearances down in England to his name (Transfermarkt). He was sensational with Kilmarnock before his move to Parkhead too. Even when he went back for his loan spell in Ayrshire, he was a solid piece of Killie’s jigsaw under Steve Clarke.

Mulumbu always stood out at Kilmarnock (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It didn’t work for Mulumbu at Parkhead, but that doesn’t mean he’s a poor footballer. His debut for the Hoops came at Kilmarnock over in Rugby Park. He was arguably one of our best players in that 2-1 defeat too. His failure in Glasgow certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying.

It’s surprising to see that the likes of Hearts, Aberdeen or even Killie themselves haven’t went back in for Mulumbu. Considering he’s clearly open to offers, it would be interesting to see how he would respond to such an idea.

Could Mulumbu come back to Parkhead as an opponent once again? (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It would just be nice to see Mulumbu land back on his feet, however. He’s clearly had a tough time trying to find a move, but he still certainly has a lot to offer.

Don’t be too surprised if we cross paths with the midfielder at some stage in the future. He would be a perfect fit for most if not all Premiership clubs outside of Celtic.