Midfielder Eboue Kouassi has permanently left Celtic this week to join Belgian side Genk on a four-year deal, it was confirmed by the buying side on Monday.
The Ivorian made the switch to the Pro League back in January on a loan basis, with Genk having the option to buy him outright had they been impressed with what he had to offer.
Despite playing in just four matches, due to a minor injury and the ongoing pandemic, it seems they’ve seen enough to commit to the 22-year-old.
Genk said in a statement that the coaching staff have been convinced by his abilities.
It was reported by Belgian outlet Het Nieuwsblad last week that we would receive a fee of around £1.3m for his services.
Kouassi joined Celtic in 2017, heralded by then-manager Brendan Rodgers as a player who could make a real difference in the heart of the Hoops midfield.
However, injury problems halted his progress at Celtic Park as he failed to adapt to playing in the Scottish Premiership.
Despite showing glimpses of quality, he never did quite enough to force his way into Rodgers’ or Neil Lennon’s plans on a regular basis, making just 12 starts in his three years at the club.
He leaves with the good wishes of plenty of supporters, with some suggesting we never quite witnessed his full potential in a Celtic shirt.
Is he a better player than his overall time at Celtic would suggest?
These fans have taken to Twitter over the last 48 hours to share their thoughts on it all…
Terrible injuries and not enough starts. Would like to have seen him get a decent run, but he was never going to get in front of Broony with his form.
Would have liked a buy-back option.
— Worrywort (@IainThomson3514) May 25, 2020
I really hope it works out for him in Belgium, it must have been really tough sitting on the sidelines whilst the team won trophy after trophy. Best of luck big man, go on & prove the doubters wrong 👍
— tiffer67 (@tiffer67) May 25, 2020
Surprised we actually got that👍🏻
The first attempt at an eventual successor to Broony…….
Hope Soro isn’t heading the same way.🍀
— Dom Shv 🍀🏆🍀 (@Shiv1888) May 25, 2020
Good deal for both parties to be fair. We’ve got a bit of cash for a guy that wasn’t making an impact in the 1st team and Genk have a acquired a decent midfielder, a bargain if they can keep him fit.
— Gav Travers (@GavTravers) May 25, 2020
Good business considering what he was bought for and the fact he’s barely kicked a ball for us, he’s off the wage bill too! Take the loss and move on👍🏻
— CelticBhoy1888 (@Bhoy1888Celtic1) May 25, 2020
Thought it would have worked. Mind him having a good game in Europe, maybe Zenit.
Ach well. Hope it works for him.
— Stephen (@Stephen55767497) May 25, 2020
never got a chance. looked good too.
— aaron (@kingeddy22) May 25, 2020
We got actual money for him? Bonus
— Ryan Connell (@RyanConnell84) May 25, 2020