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What Brendan Rodgers said about Youssouf Mulumbu after joining Celtic

3rd February 2018, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland; Scottish Premiership football, Kilmarnock versus Celtic; Rory McKenzie celebrates with goalscorer Youssouf Mulumbu in the 70th minute

Celtic tore up the 32-year-old midfielder's contract this past weekend.

3rd February 2018, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland; Scottish Premiership football, Kilmarnock versus Celtic; Youssouf Mulumbu and Olivier N'Tcham battle for the ball

Well, former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers got one prediction horribly wrong.

Neil Lennon, who replaced Rodgers at Parkhead in February, confirmed this past weekend that Youssouf Mulumbu has been released by the Hoops, a year before his contract was meant to expire.

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The 32-year-old midfielder managed only three senior appearances for Celtic last season and spent the second half of the campaign on loan at old side Kilmarnock, whom Rodgers signed him from last August.

Mulumbu, who is away on international duty with DR Congo, didn't even get the chance to convince Lennon to keep him, with the Bhoys boss severing all ties.

 

At the time, it looked like it might've been a class signing by Rodgers, whose side were dominated by the all-action midfielder during the 2017-18 season, but comments from the current Leicester City boss show how wrong he was.

Last August, Rodgers told The Scotsman that the former West Brom star was 'exceptional' against Celtic the season before last, and predicted that he'd be a good signing for the Glasgow club.

He said: "Youssouf was exceptional last year, he was very keen to come and play at a huge club and fits the profile and has the experience of being up here. All being well, it’ll be a really good move for us.”

You can't really blame Rodgers for believing he'd be a strong addition to the Bhoys, given that he had already bossed the Scottish Premiership since Steve Clarke brought him up North.

By the same token, Rodgers knew that he had much better midfielders and that Mulumbu probably wouldn't play all that often, which proved to be the case.

He is far from a bad footballer, but Celtic have better and perhaps he was always doomed to fail in Paradise.

Youssouf Mulumbu of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park on September 20, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

 

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