Logan Bailly says he understands why Celtic let him go

By David Walton

September 9, 2019

Former Celtic goalkeeper Logan Bailly has stated that he can see why the club let him go back in 2017.

Bailly as brought in by Ronny Deila at the start of his second season in charge – 2015. Despite that, however, he couldn’t ever pip Craig Gordon to the number one spot. In his two years at Parkhead, Bailly only managed to make five appearances. He shipped a total of four goals and kept just two clean sheets during his Celtic stint.

It’s safe to say that Bailly is one of the more forgetful signings we’ve made over the last few years. Since leaving, he’s had a spell with Royal Excel Mouscron. With the Belgian side, he only managed to make 20 appearances before leaving at the end of the 2017/18 season after being released.

Logan Bailly just didn’t have the quality to make it at Celtic (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As he continues to look for the club, he told Belgian outlet DH of how much he enjoyed his time in Scotland.

“It was only happiness and beautiful moments. I will always hold this club in my heart. The number one was Craig Gordon, who was the Scotland national goalkeeper and who had arrived from Sunderland. At 36, he’s still there.

“I understand why Celtic didn’t extend my deal. It was better for me to go and play elsewhere, but no one can take away my four trophies from me”.

Bailly was never going to get a real chance at Parkhead

Dundee United, Hamilton Accies, and St Johnstone were the only Premiership sides to have faced Bailly. He did have two further cup outings against Stranraer and East Kilbride – those two matches being the clean sheets he earned here.

Outside of that, he has nothing to show in terms of appearances. Like he says, of course, he also managed four trophies. The only thing is he hardly played much of a part in earning them. For the truth is that Bailly was never going to overcome Craig Gordon in the goalkeeping ranks.

Craig Gordon was at his Celtic peak when Bailly joined (VI Images via Getty Images)

Bailly wasn’t great with his distribution, and didn’t look comfortable with his ball-handling either. One of the main criticisms of him was his tendency to parry the ball – even with relatively simple efforts. Considering how difficult it is for second-choice goalkeepers to get a chance, he never did himself many favours.

But it’s a shame that the former Celt now finds himself without a club, and has done for over a year now. His stat of just one clean sheet with Royal Mouscron doesn’t read well for him. It appears that he’s struggled to really find some consistency to his game over the last few years.

Bailly is still looking for a club (Jimmy Bolcina/Photonews *** via Getty Images)

Bailly still has a fine CV

The 33-year-old does have a handful of Belgium caps to his name – 10 in fact. However, this was before they became the superpower they are today. It’s fair to say Bailly isn’t in contention these days.

But hopefully he can pick himself back up and find a new club. He never caused any issues at Parkhead, and knew his place in the squad. With the experience he has in the game, he’ll surely be a decent acquisition for someone.