Farewell to the Celtic loanee who promised so much but delivered so little

By John Reid

May 29, 2019

When Jeremy Toljan joined Celtic from Borussia Dortmund in January, it seemed that he could be the answer to the club’s long-term issues at right-back.

However, he has left the club at the end of his loan spell and few will remember his time at the club. Perhaps the most notable aspect of Toljan’s time at the club was his red card in the 1-0 loss to Valencia in the Europa League.

So average were Toljan’s performances at the club that he lost his place in the team to Mikael Lustig, who he was supposed to replace in the side.

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Down the pecking order

It said a lot for Toljan’s pecking order at the club when his last game for the Hoops saw him play at left-back in the recent 2-1 win over Hearts.

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He made the substitute’s bench for the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts but was never likely to get on the pitch.

Loan deals haven’t worked out

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The loan signings made by Brendan Rodgers in January haven’t really worked out for the Hoops. Toljan was particularly disappointing as he came to the club with a very good pedigree.

However, it didn’t really work out for him in Glasgow, and he has returned to Germany. Tojan’s departure means that the Hoops still need to resolve the long-term right-back issues.

It is one of the first jobs Neil Lennon will look to solve when he becomes permanent manager at the club.