CELTIC £3million misfit Eboue Kouassi has four months to get his career back on track.
The rarely-seen Ivorian midfielder has agreed a loan deal with Genk until the end of the season – and will then face a crucial judgement.
The Belgian outfit have the option to make the switch permanent if Kouassi impresses during his temporary transfer.
There appears no future for the 22-year-old who was signed from Russian club Krasnodar three years ago as the apparent successor to Scott Brown’s anchorman role in the Hoops.
However, Kouassi has made just 22 appearances since his arrival and last played 15 months ago in the 3-0 Betfred League Cup semi-final victory over Hearts at Murrayfield when he suffered knee ligament damage.
He is the fifith exit from the champions in this transfer window with Lee O’Connor and Jack Hendry agreeing loan moves to Partick Thistle and Melborne City respectively while winger Lewis Morgan is heading for the MLS with David Beckham’s Inter Miami.
Scott Sinclair also ended his three-and-a-half year spell in the east end of Glasgow with his shift to Championship side Preston North End.
Coincidentally, Neil Lennon is poised to put the finishing touches to the £2million deal for Kouassi’s compatriot Ismaila Soro, with the Bnei Yehuda midfielder having passed a medical and agreed a four-and-a-half year deal.