Galatasaray defender's 2021 Celtic rejection looks a big mistake; reportedly wants exit

By David Walton

June 5, 2022

It’s been an absolutely disastrous year for former reported Celtic target Sacha Boey at Galatasaray.

Injury has plagued his debut season in Turkey whilst his club could only manage an embarrassing 13th-place position in the Turkish Super Lig. Not to mention they ended the season trophyless after failing to win the Turkish Cup.

Not long ago, Boey was boasting about rejecting a move to Celtic because he believed Galatasaray were a bigger club. Indeed, he made those comments back in August – a time in which the Hoops were still rebuilding under Ange Postecoglou [Aslan Arenasi].

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Now, however, Galatasaray face next season without any European football whilst Celtic ended the campaign as double-winners. Oh, not to mention we secured automatic UEFA Champions League qualification because of it.

And it looks as though things have gotten next to unbearable for Boey too. According to reports in Turkey, he’s itching to depart after only one year with his new club. Fanatik claim that he’s already spoken with Saint-Etienne about a return to France, with Gala only wanting between £1.7m and £2.1m.

However, don’t expect any further interest from Celtic. The Hoops are well stocked with quality at right-back heading into the new campaign with Josip Juranovic and Anthony Ralston respectively.

Sacha Boey misses out as Josip Juranovic takes advantage of Celtic opportunity

If it is indeed true that Ange wanted to bring Boey in before the arrival of Josip, what a missed opportunity that is for the Frenchman. He could’ve been playing regular UCL football next season. Now he’s having to settle for either a Galatasaray in crisis or the recently-relegated Ligue 2 club in Saint-Etienne.

Not that there was any malice in Boey’s decision to go to Turkey of course. You could understand why he believed a move to Gala may have been the best thing for his career. After all, we weren’t exactly an attractive proposition a year ago.

But it goes to show that the grass isn’t always greener away from Scotland. We undoubtedly suffer from the lack of quality in our domestic league at times. That was clearly the case with Boey. But look at the improvement in so many of our new signings this season.

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Boey will rue not being part of that. The same goes for Thomas Henry who suffered relegation with Venezia this season after apparently turning down a move to Parkhead.

But Boey and Henry’s loss has been Juranovic and Kyogo’s gain this season. Their stock has risen dramatically since their summer moves, and all of a sudden they’re starring for their national teams ahead of a UCL campaign next year. A carrot that will no doubt make us more attractive to potential options this summer.

As for Boey, he must be thinking “what if?”.

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