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. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    BREAKING NEWS: Celtic have bid £20m for West Ham.





    Entry by the back door ?



    Steady now , chaps.

  2. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

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  3. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

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  4. Just catching up reading things of the past on previous pages…………them Syrap figs……the stuff which looked like treacle in the brown bottle…….my mother used her arm to grab you round the head and with the other hand stuffed spoonfuls of the stuff down your throat……half an orange was used then to take away the taste of this stuff……some folk say it was meant to clean you out….cant verify cos they are all dead and gone

  5. The way Moussa applauded the fans after the match on Saturday, there was something magical about it. He’s going nowhere.








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  8. Broken wavers fae the icy.



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  11. AYE the black babies i remember that one ….the monday morning collection …..think it was 36 wee squares on the card to fill in before completion…..the well to do ones in the class were streets ahead of everyone else……anyhow one day one of the wee lads asked the teacher ” what happens Miss to the ones with the most cards”……well she replied they get to adopt the baby……after this comment word got round the school ……from then on the takings started to drop…….poor wee souls.

  12. Who can ever forget Winfield fitba bits?


    Also, my Bhoy plays juvenile fitba.


    Never have I seen any boy take the field in school shoes.


    That was common place in my day.



    Young lads these days don’t know they’re born!






    Also nutty bars & frys 5 centres



    Aye all good here in South Ayrshire , hope she get’s home soon , take care !

  14. Brought up in Parkhead



    I vague’ly remember guys in the backcourt singing and looking for change being thrown



    From the tenement windaes

  15. That wee shop in Argylle st Mrs Mitchells still sells them old sweets………always remember that american chewing gum called Bazzoka Joe……sweet at first then once the sugarily flavor had gone the soapy taste kicked in.

  16. Marrakesh Express on

    My da used to shove me into a Springfield Rd cafe for a McCallum while he jumped into the blue lagoon for a pre match pint. I usually scoffed two plus an ice drink by the time he got back for me.

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