Former Celtic striker John Guidetti has taken aim at the Hoops for how they treated him.
The Swedish front-man spent one season on loan at Parkhead during the 2014-15 campaign. He scored that memorable equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Inter Milan at Celtic Park. That was one of 17 goals scored by the then Manchester City striker.
He had a lightning-fast start to his time in Glasgow too. Guidetti bagged 11 goals in his first 12 matches in Scotland, but the strikes soon dried up for the Swede. He went on a barren run of 10 games without scoring, and his overall game seemed to take a backward step.
And speaking in the Daily Record, the former City man took a pop at the Hoops for their treatment of him. He did, however, take time to praise the supporters.
“In my loan spell at Celtic, the club played a nasty game with me. In the winter, the club management offered me a contract, but I declined that.
“The Scottish league was good for me to get fully fit, but my goal was always to play in England or Spain because I consider those two competitions to be the best in the world.
“Because of that, at Celtic I ended up in the stands. It was a real pity because Celtic are a terrific club and their fans deserved a better farewell from me.”
I’m sure we’ll cope, John
Guidetti seems to think the reason he didn’t feature much towards the end at Parkhead was due to the contract situation. But whether he wants to admit it or not, his performance levels were low and he simply didn’t deserve to be in the team.
Leigh Griffiths was offering much more than Guidetti at the time, showing bursts of energy not seen from the Swede. Griff was popping up with key goals in Ronny Deila’s first season. That was despite playing behind both Guidetti and Stefan Scepovic for long spells.
These contract disputes are never nice to here, but Guidetti had only really performed at Celtic Park for a few months. After that, he struggled to make any sort of impact outside of his goal against Inter in the Europa League last-32.
It also seems like we dodged a bullet regardless. Since leaving Parkhead, Guidetti has achieved his dream of playing in La Liga. 23 goals in two-and-a-half years at Celta Vigo was to follow, before he was snapped up by Alaves in January 2018.
Over the next 16 months or so, Guidetti has managed just five goals. This season he’s only made six starts in total, scoring just twice. He’s hardly went on from one success to another since packing Parkhead in.
It doesn’t give us joy to see ex-Celts falter, but Guidetti isn’t the player he believed he was at Celtic. That’s now being proven in a bigger league.