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Celtic not being made to regret Saidy Janko sale

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Celtic not being made to regret Saidy Janko sale

The former Celtic defender has failed to make a lasting impact at new club Saint-Etienne.

Last summer Celtic decided the time had come to move Saidy Janko on from his time at Parkhead. 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.

However, things did not work out for Janko at Celtic. The Swiss full-back began his first season at Celtic in and around the first-team. However, he suffered a serious knee injury in October that left him out of action for most of the season.

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The following campaign and under new management in Brendan Rodgers it became clear he was not in the first-team picture. He was subsequently loaned out to Barnsley, where he had a mixed spell. Therefore, this summer saw Celtic decide to move him on. Janko was sold to French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne for an undisclosed fee.

So did Celtic make a mistake selling the talented young Swiss defender?

At the start of the season, it certainly seemed so. Janko was a regular for Saint-Etienne until December. But results had dried up for the side and Janko found himself being dropped as a consequence. In the second half of the season, he played just three games out of 18 after the turn of the year.

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This week, a report in But! Football Club labelled Janko a flop as Les Verts fans have not been impressed with his performances for the club.

Celtic, at times, have needed cover in the right-back positions this season. But judging by his season at the French side, which gradually went downhill, Celtic were still right to move him on.

At just 22-years-old, the Swiss defender still has time to become a star with the Ligue 1 side. But Celtic fans won’t be losing any sleep over his departure just yet.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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