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.

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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.

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Two examples

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.

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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.

 

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