One year after Celtic exit, Saidy Janko reportedly set for big move

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on May 9, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers obviously felt that one-time Manchester United talent Saidy Janko wasn't good enough for the Scottish Premiership.

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) vies with Celtic's Swiss defender Saidy Janko during the pre-season International Champions Cup football match between Spanish champions,...

One year after being let go by Celtic, Saidy Janko could be about to receive the biggest break of his career so far.

At the age of 22, the Swiss right-back has already played for Manchester United and Celtic, arguably the most historic clubs in England and Scotland respectively, and could now be on his way to the champions of Portugal.

According to L’Equipe, Janko is set to sign for Primeira Liga winners FC Porto after just one season in France with St Etienne.

And to make the deal even more impressive, Janko will be tasked with replacing the influential Portuguese international Ricardo Pereira, who left Porto to join Leicester City in a £22 million deal earlier this summer.

Ricardo Pereira of Portugal celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Under 21 European Championship 2015 semi final football match between Portugal and Germany in Olomouc,...

So it’s fair to say Janko has come a long way since Celtic decided they were better off with Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa just 12 months ago.

Janko was never really given an opportunity by Brendan Rodgers at Parkhead. He made just 10 Scottish Premiership appearances in the first half of the 2016/17 season and was loaned to Barnsley midway through the Northern Irishman’s debut campaign, though injuries restricted his impact down at Oakwell.

Saidy Janko of Barnsley in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley at Ewood Park on April 8, 2017 in Blackburn, England.

But while Liam Henderson is starring in Italy and Scott Allan looks back to his best on loan at Hibernian, could Janko end up being another promising talent who perhaps did not get the chance he deserved under Rodgers?

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