Is Eboue Kouassi's chances of making it at Celtic fading?

By David Walton

January 9, 2019

Eboue Kouassi has certainly been a weird one since he joined, but are his chances at Celtic fading away?

The Hoops signed the Ivorian for £2.5million two years ago. Since then, however, he’s never made any real impact since joining.

A few decent performances saw him reach his peak-moment against Zenit St Petersburg at Parkhead last season. Eboue had plenty of bite and never let the Russians settle, as Celtic claimed a huge scalp on the night.

This season, however, he’s managed just five outings, with Celtic losing in two of them.

Eboue Kouassi featured on a couple of occasions this season (Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A 2-0 defeat to Leipzig was followed up by a shot in the Betfred Cup semi-final match against Hearts at Hampden. And it was on that day that two paths were crossed.

Kouassi had to come off in the first-half due to a cruciate ligament injury. He was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the season. Later on in the match, Ryan Christie came on and never looked back.

He took up the role that Kouassi left behind. Snapping into challenges and driving forward with the ball, he was almost reborn.

Ryan Christie has seriously kicked on

Since that day, he’s managed to notch six more goals and a further 11 appearances, on top of his strike against Hearts. He’s now one of the first names on the team-sheet, and Brendan Rodgers is seriously taking to him.

You have to wonder where that now leaves £2.5million man Kouassi. The man some hailed as being Scott Brown’s replacement is going to have a serious struggle on his hands getting back into the team.

Nir Bitton, just back from injury, is going to have to work as hard as he’s ever done before to get a look-in. So you have to wonder just where Kouassi fits in to all of this.

Kouassi’s best moment of his Celtic career came against Zenit St Petersburg at Celtic Park (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ivorian has been a bit like marmite since he joined the club. Some sections of the support have really taken to him and understand what he brings to the table. Others, however, believe that he’s too sloppy and doesn’t have the quality to succeed at Parkhead.

All of a sudden, Kouassi now has Callum McGregor, Brown, Olivier Ntcham, Christie, and Bitton ahead of him in the pecking order.

He was far enough from a consistent starting spot before his injury, but Christie’s rise has just made things a lot trickier for him.

Do you see Kouassi as having a future at Parkhead? How does he break into a side with the quality Celtic possess? Let us know in the comments.