If you listen close enough, you might just hear an almighty sigh of relief emanating from somewhere near Scotland’s second city.
Because, as you might have guessed, a 35-year-old Emanuel Adebayor is not, repeat not, on his way back to Britain to sign for Celtic.
Back in July, The Sun raised eyebrows from Glasgow to Hertfordshire when they claimed that the former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester City striker was in line for a shock return to the UK. Celtic were apparently interested, as were Sheffield United, West Ham and Watford.
Now, while Celtic fans were quick to laugh off links with a 35-year-old centre-forward who is pretty much the opposite of a typical Parkhead signing, it would be unfair to suggest that Adebayor doesn’t still have a lot to offer, even in the autumn years of a nomadic career.
The Togo legend scored 21 goals in two seasons with Istanbul BB, very nearly firing the nouveau-riche Turks to their first ever league title only for Galatasaray to pip them to the post in May.
But one of the summer’s strangest transfer sagas has just come to an end. According to the BBC, Adebayor is staying in Turkey after joining Kayserispor on a one-year deal, joining Aymen Abdennour, Paul-Georges Ntep, Portugal international Miguel Lopes and former Atletico Madrid youngster Bernard Mensah at the Kadir Has Stadium.
Kayserispor have picked up just one point from a possible six so far. Clearly, money doesn’t buy you everything.
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