Former Celtic man Jeremy Toljan linked with £3.5m move

By David Walton

July 10, 2019

Jeremy Toljan’s future remains up in the air, but he’s surprisingly been linked with a big-money deal.

The former Celt arrived in Glasgow back in January on a short loan spell until the end of the season. He looked every bit the kind of signing we needed given the frailties of an aging Mikael Lustig.

Yet, whether it was a confidence crisis or a severe lack of ability, Toljan was extremely poor, to say the least. He bagged just one assist in 14 appearances, but defensively he was often caught out of position. He just didn’t adapt well to Scotland, and it was bemusing as to how he played 23 times for Borussia Dortmund the season before.

Jeremy Toljan was extremely poor during his Celtic loan spell (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But it appears as though he’s closing in on yet another impressive move. According to Gianluca di Marizio, a loan agreement has been agreed between Dortmund and Sassuolo. The latter, however, will pay around €4m for his services. This will see Toljan likely guaranteed Serie A football last season after struggling in Scotland for a substantial period.

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Don’t let anyone tell you Scottish football is rotten again. Toljan failed to cut it up here, but is still being linked with multi-million-pound moves to top European leagues.

In fairness, nobody wants to have a go at Toljan for it. He did try his best at Parkhead, but he just never seemed to fit in under Brendan Rodgers or Neil Lennon after him. He couldn’t deal with the aggression of the game in Scotland, and was never a physical right-back during his time in Glasgow either.

Toljan won’t be back at Celtic – that much is certain (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The fact he actually ended up being replaced by the man he was supposed to replace tells its own story. But Toljan was also very praising of the time he spent at Celtic. It was positive to hear that he reflects on his spell in Scotland so well.

But the reported fee for him after his performances in Glasgow certainly raise an eyebrow. It shows just how much money is flying about in European’s top leagues. To say Toljan has earned being bought for that figure is just a flat out lie.

Toljan’s Dortmund career looks like coming to an end (VI Images via Getty Images)

Hopefully he adjusts to life in Italy better than he did in Scotland. It’s fair to look at this proposed deal and have big question marks over his ability to perform for that kind of money and at that level.

But who knows, he may still yet be a success. Hopefully he is – he deserves a bit of luck after his miserable displays in Scotland.