Former Celtic winger Mubarak Wakaso has now signed for his 11th club in professional football.
Wakaso was one of Ronny Deila’s first signings at Celtic Park in the summer of 2014. Indeed, Wakaso arrived on loan from Rubin Kazan, and only went on to make 11 appearances during his season in Glasgow (Transfermarkt).
It’s fair to say he was a massive disappointment too. On his Celtic debut, he rifled home fine left-footed effort that arrowed its way into the far corner away to Red Bull Salzburg. Nobody would’ve thought at the time that his goal then would be his only one for the club.
Very quickly, Wakaso found himself outside of the team, and only managed five league appearances during his time at Parkhead. Even then, he still found himself part of a double-winning squad despite his game-time struggles.
Incredibly, Wakaso has now managed to play for 10 clubs with Celtic being his sixth. He now moves to China to feature for Jiangsu Suning as he makes it 11.
Wakaso leaves Spain after settling for three years
It looks as though Wakaso, at 29, is now at the stage where he’s looking for a fresh challenge during the peak years of his career. However, his departure from Alaves comes after finally finding a place to settle in Spain.
During his time with the La Liga outfit, Wakaso played 70 matches over the course of a three-year spell. All three of his campaigns with them came in the top flight of Spanish football too. Once again, however, he found goals hard to come by. He only rattled home one goal for the club before finding himself in and out of the side.
It’s a shame to see that Wakaso hasn’t managed to really push on in his career. You could say that Celtic was his big moment to shine, but he clearly wasn’t showing up enough in training to merit further opportunities.
Five-and-a-half years on, Wakaso has now played for Rubin Kazan, Las Palmas, Panathinaikos, Granada, Alaves, and now gets set to start a new project with Jiangsu.
The Ghanian’s lack of consistency hasn’t done his international career any harm, however. Wakaso has played 57 times for Ghana, and featured in all matches for them at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 (Transfermarkt).
But now he gets set to enter the apparent best years of a player’s career. Hopefully for him he can make the impact in China that he’s failed to so at so many clubs, including Celtic.