CELTIC will have raked in over a staggering £69million from English clubs in the past six years when the Stuart Armstrong deal to Southampton goes through.
The Scotland international midfielder will become the tenth player sold to clubs across the border when he completes a £7million switch to the Premier League outfit.
The top deal so far has been the £13million transfer of Virgil van Dijk to the same club three years ago.
However, with the sell-on clause negotiated by chief executive Peter Lawwell, that figure soared by a further £7.5million when he moved to Liverpool in January for a world record fee for a defender of £75million.
For an initial outlay of just under £14million, the champions have brought in £69.3million and can show a remarkable profit of £55.3million – an incredible top-up of over £9million-per-year to the Parkhead coffers.
Here is the mind-boggling money-spinning list:
KI SUNG-YUENG: £6m
The smooth South Korean midfielder arrived in a £2.1million deal from FC Seoul in 2009 and was sold to Swansea for £6million in the summer of 2012. Won all the domestic honours while with the Hoops and picked up a surprise Football League Cup medal with the Welsh outfit in season 2012/13. Had a loan spell at Sunderland before returning to the Liberty Stadium in August 2014.
VICTOR WANYAMA: £13m
The powerful Kenyan was another massive favourite with the fans after arriving for a bargain £900,000 from Belgian side Beerschot in 2008. Celtic couldn’t resist when Southampton slapped in a bid of £12million three years ago. The Parkhead side picked up a further £1million as an add-on fee when he joined Spurs for £11.5million last summer.
GARY HOOPER: £5.5m
Scored 82 goals in 138 games after arriving from Scunthorpe for £2.4million in 2010. The Englishman made it clear he wanted to return home and he got his wish when Norwich City paid £5.5million for his services in the summer of 2013. Things didn’t go according to plan at Carrow Road and boss Alex Neill sold him to Sheffield Wednesday in January last year for £3million after the hitman’s initial three-month loan deal at Hillsborough.
KELVIN WILSON: £2.5m
The centre-half must rate as as one of the Hoops’ best-ever transfer deals. Neil Lennon signed his former Nottingham Forest team-mate on a pre-contract in January 2011 and he arrived at the start of the following season. His family failed to settle in Scotland and he returned to the City Ground in August 2013 with the Glasgow giants picking up a fee of £2.5million. The 30-year-old defender was signed by Alan Stubbs for Rotherham United on August 2 2016 after being released by Forest.
JOE LEDLEY: £800,000
The Welsh international midfielder arrived on a Bosman from Cardiff City in 2010. Celtic cashed in before he came to the end of his contract and sold him to Crystal Palace for £800,000 during the January 2014 transfer window. As a free agent, he switched to Derby County originally on a short-term deal on September 20 2017, but agreed an extension until the end of the 2018/19 season.
FRASER FORSTER: £10m
The 6ft 7in goalkeeper – known as ‘The Wall’ to the Barcelona players and support after his displays against them – cost £2million from Newcastle in 2012 after an original two-year loan spell. Earned two England caps while at Parkhead to boost his transfer value. Southampton splashed £10million on the shotstopper four years ago.
ADAM MATTHEWS: £2m
The attack-minded full-back agreed a pre-contract offer in February 2011 and arrived from Cardiff City for free in the summer. With the arrival of Saidy Janko from Manchester United in the summer of 2015, Ronny Deila had a surplus of right-sided defenders with Mikael Lustig and Darnell Fisher, now with Preston, also competing for the No.2 shirt. Dick Advocaat’s £2million bid to take him to Sunderland was too good to knock back. Unfortunately, the Welsh international played only two first team games at the Wearside outfit and David Moyes allowed the 24-year-old defender to move on a season-long loan to Bristol City in July 2016. He returned to the troubled League One team last season.
VIRGIL VAN DIJK: £20.5m
The cultured Dutch defender, a £2.6million signing by Neil Lennon from Groningen in July 2013, joined up with former team-mates Fraser Forster and Victor Wanyama at Southampton in a £13million deal in September 2015. Ronald Koeman, then the manager at the St Mary’s outfit, had his fellow-countryman in his sights after taking over the club in the summer of 2014. Jurgen Klopp splashed an amazing £75million to take him to Anfield in January – and the Hoops raked in an extra £7.5million.
STEFAN JOHANSEN: £2m
The Norwegian international midfielder arrived on a £2million transfer from Deila’s former club Stromsgodset in January 2014 and the Hoops recouped that sum when they sold him to Fulham. Brendan Rodgers cashed in with the 25-year-old player prepared to run down his contract which was due to expire the following summer.
STUART ARMSTRONG: £7m
The latest of the lucrative departures on the conveyor belt south of the border. The 26-year-old playmaker, who made his Scotland international debut in the 1-0 win over Slovenia in March 2017, arrived at Parkhead in a £2million joint deal with Dundee United team-mate Gary Mackay-Steven on the last day of the January 2015 transfer deadline. Going into the last season of his contract, the Hoops have decided to cash in rather than see him walk away for free.
- The list does not include Israeli midfielder Beram Kayal who was allowed to move to Brighton for an undisclosed fee during the Ronny Deila reign.