Baggies defender Cristian Gamboa seals Celtic switch

The Baggies defender makes the move to Celtic Park on a three year deal

Baggies defender Cristian Gamboa seals Celtic switch
Photo: Adam Fradgley / AMA

Celtic have completed the signing of West Bromwich Albion defender Cristian Gamboa for a fee of about £1 million.

The Costa Rican full-back makes the move to Celtic Park on a three-year deal. Gamboa made just 11 appearances in two seasons at The Hawthorns.

Costa Rican struggled to make impact 

The Costa Rican struggled to make any real impact with The Baggies. After an impressive showing in the World Cup in Brazil, Costa Rica progressed to the quarter finals in South America. Shortly after the conclusion of the tournament, West Brom agreed to sign right-back Gamboa from Norwegian side Rosenborg for a fee in the region of £2 million.  

The 26 year-old made his Premier League debut in late August and was given only fleeting opportunities to impress from the bench, with only rare starting XI berths.

The perfect metaphor: Gamboa was always behind Craig Dawson in the pecking order (Photo: Getty)
The perfect metaphor: Gamboa was always behind Craig Dawson in the pecking order (Photo: Getty)

After the sacking of Alan Irvine in December 2014, Gamboa fell further down the pecking order with the arrival of Tony Pulis. After Craig Dawson was switched from centre-back to right-back, the defender was afforded little game time. 

Indeed, from January 2015 to the end of the campaign, Gamboa played just a single minute of game time.

Gamboa's West Midlands troubles continue

Last term, the Costa Rican had limited game time with Pulis' penchant of naming an almost identical back line throughout the season. 

Such were Gamboa's struggles in impressing the Baggies' boss, the defender went a full five months without a first-team appearance.

In total, Cristian Gamboa made just 11 appearances with West Brom over two seasons.  

In moving to Celtic, he joins up with former team mate Graham Dorrans. The Scot, speaking of his arrival states, "Celtic will be getting a hungry player. This is a big opportunity for him to play with a club like Celtic." Dorrans adds, "The Celtic fans will really take to him."