TONY MOWBRAY signed midfield anchorman Landry N’Guemo on loan from AS Nancy during his short-lived stint as Celtic manager.
The Cameroon international arrived in July 2009 and made little impact before being returned to his French club in May the following year.
It was not a marriage made in heaven and 24-year-old N’Guemo played in the Hoops team that was humiliated 4-0 by St Mirren in Paisley on the infamous evening of March 24 2010 – 24 hours before Mowbray was sacked.
It was a tumultuous time at Parkhead and the little middle-of-the-park operator struggled to show the qualities that got him a move to Glasgow in the first place.
MAKING A POINT…Landry N’Guemo in action during his solitary season at Celtic.
His highlight was an excellent display in the team’s 2-0 victory over Dynamo Moscow in a Champions League qualifier in the Russian capital after he had made his competitive debut against the same side in a 1-0 first leg loss at Parkhead.
Alas, it was all downhill after that as Celtic stumbled through a sequence of unconvincing showings where N’Guemo could not rise above the mediocrity of his team-mates.
Neil Lennon replaced the axed Mowbray in a caretaker capacity and kept faith in the loanee. The player turned out 34 times in the domestic trophies and failed to score a solitary goal.
After returning to his parent club, N’Guemo also had a lengthy period at Bordeaux before a short stint at Saint-Etienne. He later moved to play in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Norway before coming off the radar in 2020.
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