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.
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.
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.