Kouassi Eboue has seemingly played his final game for Celtic, with Het Niuewsblad reporting that KRC Genk are set to complete a £1.3 million deal for the seldom-seem Hoops ace.
With the benefit of hindsight, paying £3 million to bring a little-known midfielder to Parkhead after an eye-catching spell in Russia was probably a risk not worth taking.
Eboue might have caught the eye for all the right reasons at Krasnodar. But it became painfully apparent from day one that the 22-year-old Ivorian had more than a few rough edges.
Hard working and tough tackling, Eboue lacked the technical ability to thrive in a Brendan Rodgers team. And, if he had hoped that the return of Neil Lennon would have seen him handed a fresh start, the youngster will have been left disappointed.
Eboue failed to make a single appearance for Celtic in the first half of the campaign before heading out to Belgium on loan in January. Four months on, it seems only a matter of time before the Glasgow giants sell one of Rodgers’ most expensive signings at a substantial loss.
Nieuwsblad claims that Genk are set to pay £1.3 million to sign Eboue on a permanent basis. It remains to be seen, however, if the Abidjan-born enforcer could make a similar impact to a current Leicester City star at the Luminus Arena.
“Kouassi is a very talented player and we always wanted to get him as a replacement for (Wilfred) Ndidi,” Genk director Dimitri De Conde said recently.