John Park’s top Celtic signings as scout agrees Rangers deal after £52m profit on five players

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Rangers land at John Park with the former Celtic man set for a shock move to Ibrox around six years after leaving Parkhead.

Gers have had some notable transfer hiccups lately and really need to strengthen their first team.

Ross Wilson is working on it, but the Rangers are also bringing in Park.

The Athletic claim Park is taking on a senior scouting role at Rangers and started working immediately.

The 64-year-old left Blackburn Rovers but is best known for his time at Celtic – and some of his key finds have brought in around £52m in profit before factoring in sell clauses…

Virgil van Dijk

One of Park’s best signings was defender Virgil van Dijk. Arriving from Groningen in 2013, Van Dijk spent two outstanding seasons with Celtic before leaving for Southampton in 2015. Now one of the best centre-backs in world football, the Liverpool superstar has been an incredible signing for Celtic.

Signed for £2.5million, sold for £11.5 millionprofit of £9 million

Victor Wanyama

Two years before Van Dijk’s arrival, Park also snatched Victor Wanyama from Belgian side Germinal Beerschot. The Kenyan midfielder proved hugely popular with Celtic fans and, like Van Dijk, he was signed by Southampton in 2013. Wanyama hit new heights with Tottenham in the 2016-17 season, but then started to decline and now finds itself in MLS. with CF Montreal.

Signed for £900,000, sold for £12.5 millionprofit of £11.6m

Celtic’s Victor Wanyama (L) and Hibernian’s Paul Hanlon (Reuters)

Ki Sung Yueng

We are now used to Celtic finding stars in the Far East, but Ki became a star after moving in 2009. Celtic surged to sign Ki from FC Seoul in 2010 and spent two and a half years at Parkhead before joining Swansea City. Stints with Sunderland and Newcastle United followed, and he is now back with FC Seoul via Mallorca.

Signed for £2million, sold for £6 millionprofit of £4 million

Fraser Forster

Celtic also picked Fraser Forster from Newcastle United, loaning him out for two years before selling him to Southampton in 2014. The giant keeper was a favorite for Glasgow’s green and white side and even returned to the club for the 2019. -20 season. Now with Tottenham Hotspur, the 34-year-old goalkeeper will remain popular with Celtic fans.

Signed for £2million, sold for £10 millionprofit of £8 million

Moussa Dembele:

In terms of profit, this is the biggest. Celtic surged to sign striker Moussa Dembele from Fulham in 2016, paying a minimal fee at the end of his contract. Just two years later – and after 51 goals in 94 games – Dembele had moved to Lyon for around £20million. The French hitman was a pure goalscoring machine for Celtic and fans would no doubt like to see him return sometime in the future.

Signed for £500,000, sold for £20 millionprofit of £19.5m

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Tom Rogic

It’s not always about profit. Celtic paid a fee for Tom Rogic in 2012 but ended up letting him go for free this summer; that translates to a loss in financial terms, but that doesn’t take into account Rogic’s service to Celtic. Rogic played nearly 300 times for Celtic, shining as a technically gifted playmaker who loved a goal against Rangers. The Aussie was a great find and will remain a favorite long after its release.

Mikael Lustig

The same goes for Mikael Lustig, who joined for free in 2012 and left for free in 2019. That might not sound great, but Lustig has also played almost 300 times for Celtic, winning eight league titles and becoming in sort of a cult hero. Now back in Sweden with AIK, Lustig is the kind of find Rangers will need Park going forward.

The other side of the coin is of course some of the misfires; deals for Mo Bangura, Amido Balde, Teemu Pukki, Stefan Scepovic and Nadir Ciftci haven’t quite worked out, but Rangers will be hoping Park can find quality at Ibrox as Rangers look to chase down Celtic again.

Celtic’s Mikael Lustig celebrates scoring their first goal (Reuters)

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