It’s not so long ago that Celtic forked out a reported £2.8million for Kouassi Eboue. The Ivorian midfielder joined from Krasnodar two-and-a-half years ago and has barely kicked a ball since.
Eboue has had two birthdays since signing for Celtic but just 13 starts. He’s yet to score for the club or make any lasting impression.
The blame for this shambolic deal lies with others too. Brendan Rodgers should have given the midfielder more of an opportunity after splashing close to £3million on him. The scouting department clearly wasn’t up to scratch either given the lack of an impact the 21-year-old has made.
The deal should act as a watershed moment for Celtic as we focus more on Scottish talent. £2.8million could attract a far higher calibre of player in this country as opposed to Russia and other overpriced leagues. It is about time Celtic started appreciating what’s before their very eyes.
Eboue’s signing looks even more daft when you consider the fee John McGinn left Hibernian for. The midfielder, seen as a long-term replacement for Scott Brown, moved to Aston Villa for a reported £2.75million last summer.
Celtic can’t afford to make the same mistake with the latest Scottish footballing talent: David Turnbull. The teenage midfielder bagged 15 goals for Motherwell this season and is widely expected to break their £1.75million transfer record when he moves on.
Given the money Celtic have spent on the likes of Eboue in recent years, it would be daft not to sign Turnbull. Even if the Well man cost over £3million, it would still be a drop in the ocean compared to what has gone before.
Celtic need to trust the Scottish game this summer. The positives of doing so far outweigh the negatives.