Ex-Celtic flop Amido Balde scores four goals on Persebaya Surabaya debut

By David Walton

February 17, 2019

Former Celtic striker Amido Balde has incredibly scored four goals on his debut with his new club.

The ex-Hoops forward signed for Indonesian outfit Persebaya Surabaya earlier this month. It comes after the Guinea-Bissauan has moved from club to club to find some career stability.

But he’s started well in Indonesia. In Surabaya’s match against Persinga Ngawi, Balde rattled home four debut goals in a stunning one-man show. You can view all four of those goals here.

Amido Balde scored just three goals at Celtic (Okan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Since leaving Celtic back in 2015, Balde has struggled for consistency and stability.

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Signed by Neil Lennon in 2012, Celtic fans had high hopes for the former Vitoria Guimaraes striker. Instead, however, he only managed three goals in 23 appearances.

He failed to ever oust the likes of Anthony Stokes, John Guidetti, or Leigh Griffiths during his short stint at Parkhead.

After that, it seemed to be club after club for Balde. The goals also come nearly two years after he was almost forced to quit football. This was due to a condition known as pulmonary embolism. But he now seems back on his feet again.

Poor goal return since leaving Parkhead

In the subsequent three-and-a-half years since leaving Parkhead, Balde has only managed seven goals. One came for Waasland Beveren whilst six came for Benfica Luanda of Angola.

Balde has also now played in seven different countries but failed to make a name for himself in any of them.

Balde barely had a chance at Parkhead (Vagelis Georgariou/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

A full list of his clubs involves Vitoria Guimaraes, Celtic, Metz, Benfica Luanda, Maritimo, Kukesi, Al-Nasr SC, and now Persebaya Surabaya.

It remains to be seen if Balde can make this move to Indonesia stick. He already scored nearly as many in one game as he has done over the last three-and-a-half years since leaving Glasgow.

In the end, Balde was just another one of Neil Lennon’s flops. Throw him in with the likes of Derk Boerrigter and Teemu Pukki. Granted, the latter is tearing the Championship up at Norwich City.

But at least Balde’s start Indonesia is a strong one.