Eboue breaks signing guidelines


You will remember we track the number of appearances young players make before they sign for Celtic. We have a sweet spot of around 60 games (van Dijk: 62, Wanyama: 51, Dembele: 56).

It typically takes this number of games before a prospect will raise his profile enough to come to our attention, and for subsequent scouting to take place. Consider the process. Before recommending a player to Celtic, one of their in-country scouts will have to see him perform on a number of occasions and tested at a level comparable to the challenges faced by Celtic.

Alternatively, agents will need to produce DVDs to entice some interest. It takes time to differentiate a Kieran Tierney from a one season wonder.

Leave it later, say until around 100 games have been played, and a van Dijk is likely to flicker on radars in England or Germany. Celtic’s chances of acquiring the player would be considerably diminished, as even one season wonders can fetch £8m when an EPL club shows interest. Out of Celtic’s reach, but often still rubbish.

Kouassi Eboue breaks our guidelines. The teenager has made a starting line-up on 16 occasions in senior football plus three as a sub. He was red carded once and subbed off four times, so he’s only played 11 full games. 11 games is not a lot to base a £3m purchase on.

On the plus side, the quality of many of those games is reassuring. Five of his 90 minutes came in the Europa League against Salzburg, Nice and Schalke, so Celtic will have had the chance to see him perform against decent European sides – as an 18-year-old.

There are things I don’t know about this deal, where the recommendation came from being the most significant. I don’t recognise his agent, so not surprisingly it appears we’ve reached beyond the pools we were fishing in under Ronny and Neil. Kouassi also appears to be the agent’s most/only valuable asset. As such, I doubt the initiation came from the agent, or if the player’s profile was raised with anyone outside Russia before Celtic had the preliminaries signed.

Is a season in the Europa League the new sweet spot for a Celtic prospect? Stay tuned.

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  1. saltires en sevilla on

    John James suggesting members of sevco board (s) ousted??



    King, Murray P & Milligan



    Understood JJ was an ousted PR guru, with an axe to grind



    He plays the role well…

  2. !!Bada Bing!! on 5th January 2017 4:47 pm



    John James is an ex colleague of Irvine i believe




    Irvine still doing the Easdales’ PR, right? I mentioned earlier that JJ may just be the front of another power player trying to destablise the current regime, much in the same way as Glibby did with Charlotte Fakes…

  3. saltires en sevilla on




    Aye, lost out on the plum gig



    Easy to see how his ‘style’ would be turned to advantage in certain circumstances –



    but big Jim snaffled that mission

  4. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Fonte has handed in a transfer request. Can’t see them selling Virgil if he goes.

  5. UP_OVER_GOAL on 5TH JANUARY 2017 1:24 PM


    “It takes time to differentiate a Kieran Tierney from a one season wonder.”




    Quizzical eyebrow raise gif.






    Yeah about 10 minutes!



    HH jamesgang

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    January buddy….




    Place is hoachin’ with the buggers in summer

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  10. BSR,


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    sells hot dogs in the winter,

  11. GORDYBHOY64 on 5TH JANUARY 2017 5:43 PM





    there is an ice cream seller on a bike in the summer in Paisley,



    sells hot dogs in the winter,






    Shooooorly in Paisley it would be the other way about?






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    Don’t intend to start now.







  15. I have been doing a bit of research on Kouassi Eboue and he looks a very decent player who is sure to have a great career ahead of him. This signing represents a fine piece of business from Brendan and The Board. It will also be interesting to see if West Ham’s bid for Moussa sparks off a biding frenzy in the Transfer Window but fingers crossed we hold on to Dembele, until the summer at the very least.

  16. I have had a look at the West Ham official website & they have a section called ‘ the insider’


    They profile the article by saying it deals in speculation on transfers in association with ‘ transfer mate’


    It does say that a £20m bid has been made for a player at a Scottish team.


    Are the swooping for Bazza ‘ world beater ‘ Mackay ?








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  19. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Very interesting article Pablo.



    You’ve omitted (perhaps deliberately) one salient fact.



    Krasnodar are under huge financial pressure to convert assets into cash as a result of FFP.



    Given the inflationary market, now made worse by China, 3 million Euros for a teenager still under a long contract who can already operate at Europa League level is a steal.



    As an aside, clubs know when other clubs are in distress and bids are adjusted accordingly.



    Doesn’t look good for the sale of Lewis McLeod Mark 2.



    Hail hail

  20. glendalystonsils on

    If W. Ham have only bid 6m for Defoe , there is no way they will have put a 20m bid for Moussa.

  21. Brendan might be better saying MD is happy here and not for sale, end of.Re him and guys thinking 2 mil for Bitton is a good deal.Aston Villa paid £14 mil for Ross McCormack, who wouldn’ t get a game for us, he’s 29/30,and they are a Championship club.

  22. ExSlaemuirBhoy on

    If & I say If WHUFC bid £20 mill for a player based in Scotland I reckon spending that on Sinky would be better business for them at this time.