A look back at Du Wei's one and only Celtic appearance

By John Reid

February 6, 2020

With Celtic set to take on Clyde in the Scottish Cup on Sunday, we thought we’d take a look back at the Hoops’ visit to Broadwood in the same competition in 2006, where a Celtic team containing Roy Keane somehow managed to lose 2-1.

Celtic’s Scottish Cup loss to Clyde in 2006 is one of the most bizarre games of all time. For a start, the Hoops were thoroughly dominated by the then First Division side, who missed a host of chances, had a penalty saved and had a goal disallowed.

Add in the fact that Roy Keane was making his Celtic debut that day, and it has to go down as a very odd day in Celtic’s history.

Du Wei makes his Celtic debut (GLENN CAMPBELL/AFP via Getty Images)

Another Celtic player made his debut that day, and it would be the only 45 minutes he would ever play for the club – the unfortunate Du Wei.

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Joined the Hoops on deadline day

The centre-back had joined the Hoops on transfer deadline day in September 2005, after a trial at the club, the Scotsman reported.

The Chinese international centre-back struggled throughout the game, conceding the penalty that Clyde missed, playing a part in Clyde’s opening goal and getting away with one when he was adjudged to be fouled when Clyde scored, but the goal was disallowed.

It was no surprise to see Du Wei replaced at half-time, and he never played for the Hoops again.

He might have performed poorly, but it was unfair on the player to give him a debut in a potentially tricky cup tie.

Du Wei at Celtic training (IAN STEWART/AFP via Getty Images)

What Gordon Strachan should have done is give the player some late substitute appearances in the weeks leading up to the cup tie.

That would have at least got him used to playing for the Hoops.

Returned to parent club shorty after game

It wasn’t to be though, and the player ended up returning to his parent club Shanghai Shenhua only a few weeks after the Clyde game, as reported by the BBC.

His Celtic deal was an odd one, as he had signed a four-year deal, but could return to China in January if he didn’t impress during his time at the club.

That performance against Clyde sealed his fate, and his chances of a regular stay were doomed.

Interestingly, before joining the Hoops, Du Wei had played in the World Cup for China, he played in the 4-0 loss to Brazil and the 3-0 loss to Turkey.

Despite that experience, his Celtic career lasted only 45 minutes. That same season, Celtic went on to win both the League Cup and the Scottish Premier League title. It was a strange season indeed.