CELTIC loan flop Mubarak Wakaso has played for TWELVE clubs in eight years following his return to Rubin Kazan after just one hardly-memorable campaign at Parkhead.

The 70 times-capped Ghanian winger is now performing in China with Shenzehen FC after joining them from Jiangsu Suning in April 2021.

Wakaso was one of Ronny Deila’s first signings for the Hoops in the summer of 2014 when arrived on a season-long loan deal from the Russian cracks.

SAINTS AND SINNERS…Mubarak Wakaso walks off in dismay after a 1-0 home loss to St Johnstone in March 2015 – one of his rare first-team outings at Celtic.

He made an explosive start with a superb first-time drive in a 2-2 draw with Red Bull Salzburg in a Europa League group encounter in Austria, but went on to make only 10 more appearances for the Parkhead men.

And that was his solitary strike as the speedy flanker very quickly came off the radar.

Wakaso, who will be 33 next month, moved to China in the summer of 2020 after spending the previous three years at La Liga outfit Alaves, where he scored only one goal.

Numbered among his other former clubs are Elche, Villarreal, Espanol, Las Palmas, Panathinaikos and Granada.

Back in March 2015, CQN reported: Mubarak Wakaso will almost certainly be returned to his Russian club Rubin Kazan when his Celtic loan deal expires at the end of the season.

However, the Ghana international midfielder is confident he will go out with a bang despite seeing little game time since his arrival in August.

JOY BHOYS…Mubarak Wakaso joins Anthony Stokes and Virgil van Dijk in congratulating John Guidetti after the Swede had completed his hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Partick Thistle.

Wakaso made his first-team comeback as a substitute in the shock 1-0 loss to St Johnstone at Parkhead in March 2015. It was his first appearance since his return to the champions after an impressive African Cup of Nations competition where he helped his nation to a second-place finish.

The player added: “Football is strange. All you can do as a professional is to keep your head up and continue working hard.

“I am always ready to help the team in any way and the coach knows that.

“There are a lot of games to be played and I am confident that I will contribute to help the team maintain the lead.”

Alas, it didn’t quite work out for the wide man after such a promising start.

* TOMORROW: Don’t miss the adventures of another former Celt in CQN’s EXCLUSIVE series.


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