Cristian Gamboa seals move to Bochum

By Hamish Carton

August 27, 2019

Former Celtic ‘Invincible’ Cristian Gamboa has sealed a move to German side VfL Bochum.

The Costa Rican, who departed the club at the end of last season, has joined the 2.Bundesliga strugglers on a two-year deal. And two seems to be a key number in Gamboa’s move – that’s the shirt number he will wear for his new side.

He could make his debut next Monday when Bochum travel to recently relegated VfB Stuttgart in the south of Germany. Bochum, who confirmed the signing of Gamboa on Tuesday morning, have lost two and drawn two of their four league matches so far this season.

Rather alarmingly, they have conceded 10 goals in their four league encounters so far. And if they’re hoping that Gamboa is going to shore up that defence in the coming weeks then they may be a little disappointed. The right-back’s best traits are going forward rather than defending.


How will Gamboa get on at Bochum?

On the face of it, the 2.Bundesliga looks like a pretty neat level for Gamboa. His international pedigree means that he’ll be likely to see more game time in Germany. Ironically he’s probably moved to a better quality of league too.

Germany’s second tier houses some pretty big teams including the aforementioned Stuttgart as well as Hamburg, Nurnberg and Hannover. He’ll be playing in front of big crowds in a league where anyone can beat anyone else.

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The defender was perhaps slightly harshly treated in his time in Glasgow. He always gave his everything on the pitch and couldn’t really be criticised for his ability either. Perhaps his biggest drawback was not having the confidence in himself to be a proper Celtic player.

He had bags of pace and a decent final ball. He just had to believe in himself a good bit more.

But Gamboa will be well remembered for his time at Celtic. We wish him all the best in his new venture in Germany.