Much was expected of Cristian Gamboa when the defender arrived at Celtic in the summer of 2016 from West Bromwich Albion for a transfer fee reported by Herald Scotland to be worth £1 million, but the Costa Rica right-back has struggled to make a huge impact at Celtic Park.
The 28-year-old right-back has made just 24 appearances in all competitions for Celtic in the two years he has been at the Glasgow giants, as stated on the club’s official website.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers clearly does not fancy the former West Brom defender, but the right-back seems to doing well at the ongoing World Cup in Russia.
Gamboa was in action for Costa Rica against Brazil in their World Cup Group E match and played well, although the South American giants won 2-0, thanks to two late goals.
The former West Brom right-back played well against Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar and also made some good runs in attack.
Celtic fans were following the match, and they were impressed with the performance of Gamboa and praised him on Twitter.
Below are some of the best comments:
Gamboa has played pretty well against Brazil today!— Celtic Uncovered (@UncoveredCeltic) June 22, 2018
Do we really need another RB?
Gamboa nearly going for the 'Celtic full back in Europe' jersey selling there.— Liam Reid (@ltreidy67) June 22, 2018
Cristian Gamboa is the truth. He is way more than just Celtic twitter patter and there is more to his game than just pace. He deserves a fairer chance next season if he stays.— Samrat (@SM1967_) June 22, 2018
Cristian Gamboa is an excellent right-back.— Labour Celtic Fans (@Labour_Celts) June 22, 2018
Every time I’ve seen him for Costa Rica he has been excellent and he’s up against some top class players and teams.
Can only wonder why Brendan doesn’t rate him for Celtic.#BRACOR #BrasileCostaRica #WorldCup #WorldCup18
On this performance alone how does gamboa not get more time for Celtic best player for Costa Rica by a county mile— Dale.M.McGovern (@DaleMMcGovern) June 22, 2018
That Gamboa lad looks decent. Would he get a game for Celtic though? I have my doubts.— CeltsAreHere (@CeltsAreHere) June 22, 2018
You think we could get this Gamboa to turn up for Celtic? Maybe he just needs a spell of games in a settled side.— TAL_Fanzine (@TAL_Fanzine) June 22, 2018
Cant see why Gamboa doesn't have a future at celtic, been outstanding against that wee ratbag neymar and involved in everything going forward for Costa Rica— gerry (@gerryward1888) June 22, 2018
How Gamboa can't get a sniff at Celtic is beyond me— Stephen Grant (@GtephenSrant) June 22, 2018
IF Celtic had started Gamboa instead of Ralston or Lustig we’d have beat PSG!! Neymar firmly in his back pocket— Sean Mckenna (@smckenna382) June 22, 2018
Heartbreak for Costa Rica and Especially for Cristian Gamboa who contained Neymar expertly throughout that game... Goes off in the 75th minute and Brazil win it in injury time.— Celtic Nation (@CelticNation67) June 22, 2018
FAO: Brendan... Hope you were impressed by the Celtic & CRC right back...