SAIDY JANKO has left Celtic to sign on a season long loan deal at Barnsley.
His move comes just 24 hours after the Hoops signed West Brom right-back Cristian Gamboa for £1million on a three-year contract.
The Switzerland Under 21 international right back endured a torrid 90 minutes in Israel last week and that seems to have been enough to convince Brendan Rodgers that the 20 year old wasn’t ready to step up to the pressures that face Celtic in the comes months, especially in the Champions League.
The player joined Celtic from Manchester United last summer in a £1m deal but his first season was hindered by a injury and after a bright start to the season he remained sidelined until the final few weeks of Ronny Deila’s time as Celtic manager.
Cleary the Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom is pleased to have secured the services of Janko for the season long loan.
“I’m delighted to welcome Saidy to Oakwell as he represents a huge signing for the Football Club. Not only has he progressed through one of the most prestigious youth systems in England at Manchester United, but he’s also performed on some of the biggest stages in European football.
“He is powerful, robust and will provide us with a whole new dimension out on the wing. We’ve seen what he can do consistently in the Scottish Premiership and I believe he’s got what it takes to make a huge impact at Championship Level. Make no mistake, this is a fantastic acquisition for us and I can’t wait to start working with him.”
Brendan Rodgers gave the 20-year-old defender three starts this term, but he struggled badly in the second leg of the Champions League play-off against Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Israel when the Hoops lost 2-0, but managed to get through 5-4 on aggregate.
Yesterday’s signing from West Brom of Cristian Gamboa signals a straight swap in the Celtic squad with the Costa Rican likely to feature as first choice right back with Mikael Lustig appearing more as a central defender. Efe Ambrose remains at the club after turning down various options to leave.