WHATEVER HAPPENED TO…SAIDY JANKO?

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SAIDY JANKO was brought in from Manchester United for a cut-price £200,000 by Ronny Deila in July 2015.

The strapping right-back signed a four-year deal as the Hoops gaffer added numbers to his defensive squad following the departures of Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer.

Unfortunately for the Zurich-born back-four operator, his card was marked when Brendan Rodgers replaced Deila in the Parkhead dug-out the following year.

Janko put in a terrible performance in a 2-0 loss in a Champions League play-off game against Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Israel in August 2016 and, although the Hoops scraped through 5-4 on aggregate, the new boss immediately spotted the dithering defender as a weak link.

Rodgers was not impressed by the one-time Old Trafford prospect – or Efe Ambrose, for that matter – and he shipped out his under-achievers.

SWISS MISS…Saidy Janko with the Celtic shirt after his arrival in July 2015.

Janko left for French outfit Saint-Etienne in July the following year where he signed a four-year contract.

A year later, he was on his travels again to Portuguese club Porto in June 2018 and that was followed by a loan stint at Nottingham Forest.

Janko then played in his homeland for the first time when he agreed a loan switch to Young Boys. But he was on the move again in October 2020 when he joined Real Vallodolid and he spent last season in Germany with VfL Bochum.

He agreed a permanent deal with Young Boys in the summer. Now 28, the defender is under contract until June 2027.

When he joined Celtic, Davie Moyes, who was then in charge of United, said: “He’s very powerful. He’s built like a rugby league player.”

He didn’t inform anyone Janko also played like a rugby league player.

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

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