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so farewell then...

momo sylla

Momo was signed by Martin O'Neill from St. Johnstone for a reported fee of 650,000 in the summer of 2001. The question is, why?

Not that I'm questioning his ability, you understand. It's just that after nearly four years at Celtic I'm still none the wiser as to what position he was supposed to be playing in or what kind of role was envisaged for him.

I simply can't believe that he arrived at CP satisfied that he was on a decent salary and content to sit on the bench for the duration without ever pushing for a first team place.

At St. Johnstone he appeared to have been given a free hand to inhabit whatever areas of the pitch took his fancy. At Celtic he never really looked comfortable in whatever position he was tried in.

To pick out the highlights of his Celtic career isn't difficult, because there aren't very many; he scored a cracking goal against Basel and had a reasonably good game at Anfield in the UEFA Cup tie.

That apart, his shining moments came in midweek League Cup ties against Second Division outfits, or the early rounds of Europe.

He too has gone to join Leicester City and turned out against his former club in the recent friendly.

A moment from that game sums him up for me. With a piece of sublime trickery he skips past a Celtic defender... then promptly gives the ball away.

The last four seasons have not been productive, from anyone's point of view. With luck he might be able to make a name for himself down south, but I fear he's simply taking the same route as Simon Lynch.

We wish him luck all the same.