Royal Liege release surprise statement regarding Celtic's behaviour over Logan Bailly deal

Royal Liege have hailed Celtic's conduct after signing Logan Bailly.

Belgian fourth division club Royal Liege have released a remarkable statement on their official website praising Celtic for their conduct after signing goalkeeper Logan Bailly.

The Bhoys, searching for a goalkeeper to cover for Craig Gordon following the departure of Lukasz Zaluska, swooped to bring Bailly to Glasgow over the summer.

The 29-year-old left OH Leuven in his native Belgium in order to join Celtic, but he has had a predictably quiet start to the season, playing just once as Gordon has kept his role as the Bhoys' first choice stopper.

All things considered, Bailly's arrival is one of the more forgettable signings Celtic made over the summer, but his deal has now come to prominence today.

In a stunning move, Belgian club Royal Liege - who Bailly started his career with before joining Standard Liege all the way back in 1999 - have released a statement on their official site praising the conduct of Ronny Deila's men.

Given Bailly's past with Royal Liege, the Belgian minnows were entitled to receive a payment - and they have lauded Celtic for paying that fee instantly, citing that they are an example of how a club should act in modern football.

"At a time when the world of football often resembles a jungle where the end justifies the means, we would like to publicly acknowledge the exemplary behavior of this venerable Scottish club. The story is simple but worth telling," read the statement.

"Last summer, Logan Bailly was transferred from OHL at Celtic. Since only supporters of Football Club Liégeois remember it, he had once spent part of his training in our ranks. Under FIFA rules, so we brought a "solidarity allowance", symbolic of a few hundred euros. Before we even contacted Celtic, it was manifested to us in order to know how he could pay us. And our bill was then honored within 72 hours," was added.

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