Not many fans at Celtic have particularly missed Saidy Janko since he left the club. The promising Swiss right-back had joined the club from Manchester United in 2015 with a reputation as one of his country’s top young talents.
His career at Celtic was decimated by a knee injury that October.
The following campaign, under new management in Brendan Rodgers, it became clear he was not in the first-team picture. A mixed spell on loan at Barnsley followed. Last summer, with Janko nowhere near the first-team picture, Celtic flogged him to French side Saint-Etienne for an undisclosed fee.
Now, he is on the move again. Despite only playing in three of Les Verts final 18 games of the season, the Swiss defender has been handed a lifeline by Portuguese giants Porto.
They lost their star right-back this summer, somewhat ironically to Janko’s former side Manchester United. Diego Dalot joined United in a £19 million deal earlier this month, with Jose Mourinho quoted by the BBC as calling him ‘the best young full-back in Europe’.
So Janko has quite some boots to fill.
Celtic fans will be amazed he is being given this chance, as will those at Barnsley and Saint-Etienne. But nobody will begrudge him a turnaround in fortunes.
Who knows? Perhaps his path will cross with Celtic in Europe one day.