Bad to worse for 2017-18 Celtic flop as injury strikes

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic applauds the fans at the final whistle during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in...

Brendan Rodgers has signed some duds since his move to Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers (R), Manager of Celtic congratulates Leigh Griffiths of Celtic at the final whistle during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park...

Brendan Rodgers has brought some excellent players to Celtic in his tenure as Hoops manager, which now stretches to just over two years. The likes of Moussa Dembele, Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham spring to mind.

Dembele was signed for just £500,000 from Fulham and has since been sold to Lyon for 40 times that figure - £20million. Ntcham continues to be a huge success in midfield, while Edouard looks more than capable in replacing Dembele.

But the former Liverpool manager is also responsible for a number of flop signings, with the likes of Dorus de Vries, Cristian Gamboa and Marvin Compper still on the books at Celtic without having an impact. The latter has played once.

 

Last season, Rodgers opted to bring Charly Musonda on loan to Parkhead from Celtic and many were excited by the prospect of the playmaker and his effect on the Hoops side.

But just eight appearances into his 18-month loan, Musonda was sent back to Chelsea and his loan was scrapped after failing to break into Rodgers' side like previous loanee Patrick Roberts had.

His reputation in tatters, Musonda was sent on loan to Dutch outfit Vitesse with whom Chelsea have strong connections with. But without making a single appearance in Holland, Musonda is already back in west London.

Charly Musonda of Chelsea scores from the penalty spot during the Chelsea v Everton Premier League 2 match at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2018 in London, England.

His loan remains intact, but he has suffered a hamstring injury according to Goal, who also claim has been assessed at the Premier League side's Cobham Training Ground. Chelsea have informed the Dutch side that he will be out until October.

Early signs suggested that Musonda could become a world beater, and that was the belief of many when he went on loan to Celtic in January. Fast forward to September, and he is quickly fading away. A case of going from bad to worse.

Charly Musonda of Celtic warms up prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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