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Celtic's Most Expensive Signing Ever

Updated on October 28, 2014
Scott Brown - The only Scotsman to make the list.
Scott Brown - The only Scotsman to make the list.

10. Jan Venegoor of Hesselink (£3,400,000)

The Dutchman was known for his incredibly long name but he was a star player while playing for the hoops. He scored some big Champions League against the likes of Barcelona before he left in 2009 to join Hull City. His fee was a hefty one especially considering he played at the club for just 3 years but in all honesty he never done much wrong.

9. Alan Stubbs (£3,500,000)

Stubbsy signed for Celtic back in 1996 and over the next 5 years performed magnificently in green and white. The bhoys haven't been graced with many top centre-backs over the years but Alan Stubbs was well worth his price tag.

8. Marc-Antoine Fortune (£3,800,000)

It was a dark time. Tony Mowbray was in charge and had no clue what he was doing. He splashed out a massive £3,800,000 on the French striker who turned out to be one of the biggest wastes of money the club has ever seen. He scored 12 goals in 45 games for the club and was quickly replaced when Neil Lennon took over.

7. Joos Valgaeren (£3,800,000)

Although not a great defender Valgaeren did perform consistently in the 5 years he spent at Celtic. He all the way to a UEFA Cup final in 2003 with the club and won a number of titles under Martin O'Neill but I can't help thinking that they still played a little over the odds for him.

6. Scott Brown (£4,400,000)

The biggest transfer ever to happen between two Scottish clubs is perhaps one of the best value for money signings on this list. He has played almost 300 games for Celtic which given his injury problems over the last few years is incredible. He is currently their longest serving player and without him in the team the just don't look the same. Great buy.

5. Rafael Scheidt (£4,800,000)

Not Martin O'Neill's best signing as Celtic gaffer as the Brazilian internationalist failed to make an impact at Parkhead - in fact it was probably one of the worst ever Celtic signings. For close to £5,000,000 he started just one match and was out of Scotland within a year.

4. Eyal Berkovic (£5,750,000)

Again a pretty awful signing. Berkovic came up from West Ham and scored 10 times in his 3 years at the club. When Martin O'Neill took over he left him out the team, evetually loaning him to Blackburn Rovers then he made a permanent move to Man City a year later. Such a big price tag and not enough quality.

3. Chris Sutton (£6,000,000)

This is one you can't have any complaints about. Sure, it was a lot of money but the Sutton and Larsson partnership which was consequently formed upon his arrival was one of the best Celtic fans have ever seen. Sutton already came with a big reputation and played outstanding for the bhoys netting 63 league goals in 130 matches.

2. John Hartson (£6,000,000)

A year after Chris Sutton joined, John Hartson signed for Celtic for the same price. He formed a deadly trio of strikers which could be rotated in Larsson, Sutton and Hartson. All three were great goal-scorers and truly terrific players. His price tag again was a big one but it was worth it.

1. Neil Lennon (£6,500,000)

Martin O'Neill had a lot of money to spend when he came in has hoops manager so it will be not surprise it is another of his signings which tops the list. Lennon is now a hero in the eyes of Celtic fans not only for his playing career but his outstanding tenure as manager of the club as he won 3 back to back league titles, qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League and beat Barcelona at parkhead.


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