PO Box 306, Glasgow, G21 2AE, Scotland
so farewell then...
Best remembered (if at all) for his performances as part of the the CIS squad at the European Championships in Sweden '92 (that's the Confederation of Independent States not the insurance company), Kharine was signed by John Barnes prior to the start of the 99-2000 season. Having played a few seasons as Chelsea's regular 'keeper he had latterly taken up residence in the Stamford Bridge treatment room towards the end of his time there.
Once we had all got a glimpse of him in action - a UEFA Cup tie against Cwmbran and a league match against Hibs - and verified that he did actually exist, unlike Stephane Bonnes, another of Digger's phantom signings, he contracted a knee problem and that was him comfortably ensconced in the Parkhead outpatients department, more or less for the rest of his time in Glasgow.
Comment on his ability as a goalie seems largely redundant given that he made only 11 appearances in three years. Suffice to say that while he didn't drop any memorable clangers, he was no Lev Yashin between the sticks either.
His contribution to Celtic's history will most probably come in the form of some ridiculous pub trivia question some time in the future (Who is the only Celtic goalkeeper who wore trackie bottoms during nice weather?).
Another expensive legacy of the dream ticket now off the wage bill.