Emmanuel Adebayor ends bizarre rumours of potential Celtic switch

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic looks on ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic were linked with a shock move for one-time Premier League goal-machine Emmanuel Adebayor.

Emmanuel Adebayor of Manchester City celebrates in front of the Arsenal supporters after scoring to make it 3-1

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.

Clement Lenglet of Sevilla FC (L) competes for the ball with Emmanuel Adebayor of Istanbul Basaksehir (R) during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs round second leg match...

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.

Emmanuel Adebayor of Spurs turns away after scoring his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers at White Hart Lane on August 24,...

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