The Ivorian struggled badly on his Celtic bow but he needs time to find his feet in Scotland.
Celtic fans have waited a long time to get their first sighting of Eboue Kouassi in a league game.
However, his 22-minute cameo in the Bhoys’ narrow 2-1 victory at Dundee on Sunday afternoon - a win which puts the club on the verge of a sixth straight title, did little to back up Brendan Rodgers’ claims that Celtic had signed a player of Champions League calibre, as reported by the BBC.
In only his second appearance for the club, his first coming in a Scottish Cup tie with St Mirren earlier in the month, the £2.5 million midfielder (Daily Record) looked understandably nervy. Rodgers had been wary about throwing the 19-year-old straight in at the deep end despite Celtic cruising through the latter stages of the season and, in truth, his day was summed up before he even got on the pitch.
Almost tumbling off the back of his chair in the dugout, Kouassi looked about as assured off the pitch as he did on it. Giving possession away cheaply and looking nowhere near up to speed, the Ivorian midfielder even copped a late booking for a foul on Dundee’s impressive right-back Cammy Kerr.
And a number of supporters were quick to jump on to social media to condemn the youngster’s performance, with many proclaiming his performance as the worst Celtic debut since infamous striker flop Amido Balde (below).
However, it must be remembered that Kouassi has only played 30 minutes of football since early December. Add to that the fact that he is a 19-year-old making his long-awaited league debut in a new country and nerves are obviously going to play a part.
True, the first impression is not great but one brief cameo is hardly enough to base an opinion on.