Former Celtic goalkeeper Logan Bailly has completed a move to Belgian Third Amateur division club Union Royale Namur FLV.
Bailly was part of Brendan Rodgers’ invincibles back in the season 2016/17. However, not even three years later, his career has seen him take an incredible slump down the football ladder.
The Belgian only made five appearances for Celtic in a near two-year spell at the club (Transfermarkt).
However, it’s been quite the drop since. Union Royale Namur announced on their official Twitter yesterday that Bailly had agreed terms until the end of the season.
📝 | L’UR Namur FLV a le plaisir de vous annoncer la signature de l’ex Diable Rouge Logan Bailly pour la deuxième partie de saison. L’ancien gardien du Celtic ou encore de Mönchengladbach a décidé de relever un nouveau défi chez les Merles.
⚫️🟡Bienvenue à lui 🟡⚫️ pic.twitter.com/Q8ZibDVvDO
— Union Royale Namur FLV (@URNamurFLV) December 22, 2019
You only need to go back to the 2017/18 campaign to find the last time Bailly played top-flight football. He was with Royal Excel Mouscron in the Jupiler Pro League, playing against the likes of Club Brugge, Standard Liege, and Anderlecht respectively.
He managed to play 20 times across the whole of that season (Transfermarkt), but then left the club at the end of the campaign. His last competitive game of football came back in May 2018 in a match against Waasland-Beveren.
During his time at Celtic, Bailly always played as back-up He played only three league games, instead playing second and occasionally third-fiddle to Craig Gordon and Dorus de Vries respectively.
He conceded four goals in his five games for Celtic. Dundee United, Hamilton, and St Johnstone were the only fixtures he managed in the top-flight. Scottish Cup outings against East Kilbride and Stranraer also followed.
He didn’t make a single appearance during the Invincible campaign, but was still part of the squad.
It’s interesting to see his career take such a dramatic drop to the Belgian Third Amateur division. It’s evident that things haven’t gone the way Bailly would’ve planned.
The goalkeeper was out back in September claiming that he understands why Celtic had to let him go. He described his time at Parkhead as full of “happiness and beautiful moments” (DH).
Hopefully Bailly can find some enjoyment in his football again. That has to be the priority after years of being a second-choice. With a bit of luck, he cherishes the number one spot with Union Royale.