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CELTIC LOAN MISFIT GETS THE BOOT

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FORMER Celtic loan misfit Aleksandar Tonev is on the look-out for a new club after his contract was scrapped by Serie A outfit Crotone.

The Bulgarian striker was taken to the Hoops on a temporary deal from Aston Villa by ex-boss Ronny Deila at the start of season 2014/15, but rarely featured.

Tonev failed to score in 13 appearances. but hit the headlines was he was banned for seven games after being found guilty of racially abusing Aberdeen defender Shay Logan.

Deila returned the 25-cap international to the Midlands club at the end of the campaign.

Former Villa gaffer Paul Lambert paid £3million to Polish side Lech Poznan in July 2013 for the player, but allowed him to move for free two years later to Italian side Frosinone.

Tonev, 28, moved to Crotone in mid-july 2016 on another free transfer, but Head Coach Walter Zenga has decided to dispense with his services after just one goal in 24 outings.

A statement said: “The Football Club Crotone announces that, today, an agreement was reached for the consensual termination of the economic contract with the player Aleksandar Tonev.”

 
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