Brendan Rodgers rang the changes in his Celtic side this afternoon, and gave several fringe players an opportunity to prove themselves – but midfielder Eboue Kouassi definitely left a lot to be desired.
The Hoops boss freshened up his starting XI ahead of a crucial Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens on Tuesday night, and it seemed to backfire somewhat, with Hearts winning 1-0 at Tynecastle.
Kyle Lafferty scored the only goal of the game in the second-half, and the home side looked hungrier all over the park, and it wasn’t long before Kouassi was being targeted by his own supporters on social media.
The 20-year-old Ivorian joined Celtic in 2017 for a rumoured fee of around £3 million, but his underwhelming display in the capital certainly hasn’t gone down well with the club’s frustrated fans:
Kouassi is an expensive mistake
— CollOfTheWild (@coll_wild) August 11, 2018
If we paid in the region of 4.5 million for kouassi and Compper combined then we are either running a crackin money laundering op or someone in scouting wants the heave.
— Tee My Guest (@TeeMyGuest) August 11, 2018
Can't believe Celtic spent £3m on that Kouassi lad. Andy fucking Halliday is a better player…
— Ruraidh Macleod (@RMacleod777) August 11, 2018
Kouassi replaced by Rogic as Celtic go up to 11 men
— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) August 11, 2018
Right who told Kouassi he was a fitba player
— Stevie Garrity (@BigStevie_) August 11, 2018
jack hendry and kouassi are actual baws man
— a (@THSPlDEY) August 11, 2018
Kouassi a waste of £2m as well
— Phil Duncan (@FenianPhil) August 11, 2018
Kouassi is shite, Hendry is shite, Lustig is shite. All seem sound cunts but just no Celtic class
— Sean Maley (@SeanMaley88) August 11, 2018
kouassi isnt good enough if no cunt else will say it a will
— One Shot 🅱️addy (@Zakmcj_67) August 11, 2018
Kouassi and Hayes simply not good enough. Thought Jozo was murder the day. Hendry not good enough. Don't know what else needs to be seen to sign a fucking centre half!!
— Michael (@cfc_lee) August 11, 2018
Kouassi isn't going to make it as Celtic. Absolutely rancid quality. Before Rodgers starts moaning about transfers. Maybe he should ask why the board are reluctant to jump in. Guys like Kouassi are one of his pal coggerton finds. 👎
— John Paul Ferris (@Southsidecsc) August 11, 2018
Are the Celtic fans right to be giving Kouassi this sort of criticism, or should they be giving a relatively young player more time to develop in Scottish football?