'Never got a chance'; Some Celtic fans have their say after Eboue Kouassi's confirmed departure

By John McGinley

May 26, 2020

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.

Former Celtic midfielder Eboue Kouassi / (Photo by Peter KovalevTASS via Getty Images)

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…