Yes, that’s what I said. Indebted.
You might ask why that may be if you’re not of the Celtic persuasion. Well, I’ll explain.
John Guidetti came to Celtic on loan just as the summer 2014 transfer window came to a close. Up until then he had little other than a few loan spells under his belt which included IF Brommapojkarna (the club where he began his career), Burnley, Feyenoord and Stoke City.
That spell at Feyenoord was productive but he returned to parent club Manchester City after an incomplete season. Having never established himself in Sweden or England his career has not yet taken off.
Celtic offered him that opportunity and immediately hit the ground running. As I’ve said in the past, we all liked what we saw.
Frustratingly, he was ineligible for European competition but his domestic form was drawing praise from the support. He had charisma and we all sensed there was something about this guy.
What we soon discovered though was that he had his own agenda. The more Celtic were convinced by his form, the nearer a deal came to being ratified for a permanent signature.
It’s not too often Celtic make such a move. The club have let many a player slip through their fingers but to be fair to the board, they moved swiftly.
What they didn’t bargain for was Guidetti stalling. Not only did he stall, he decided to hawk himself to other clubs.
This public show of availability to clubs in Italy and the Netherlands drew a different sort of reaction. Celtic fans were no longer behind this guy, they were beginning to feel betrayed.
Guidetti isn’t the first player to do this to Celtic. In fact, you could say he’s now joined an elite bunch of former servants.
The difference is, I feel Celtic deserved a chance with this player. The club did all the right things and Guidetti threw it back in their faces.
For a talented player, he has yet to establish himself at any one club. He has the skill but the mindset is questionable.
Perhaps the signs were already there and we all failed to see them. At the end of his first contract with Manchester City, he apparently struck a deal to join FC Twente.
At this time, Manchester City offered him another contract and eventually stayed. FC Twente debated that their contract was legitimate but that would be the end of it.
Ironically, Guidetti moved on loan to Feyenoord not long after signing that first team contract with City. It was a productive time for him in Rotterdam but illness marred the remainder of that loan spell and he returned to Manchester.
After recovering from illness, he went out on loan again. This time it would be Premier League club, Stoke City.
There he would vent his frustration at lack of appearances. Most of which was levelled at manager Mark Hughes.
So what has Guidetti achieved then? Well, his only honours to date have come from one season at Celtic.
He threw away the opportunity to build upon that success. Even after scoring against Inter Milan on the European stage, he still had a chance to resurrect a permanent move but he would continue to flaunt himself to other clubs.
At the League Cup Final he would spit the dummy out on the field of play. His reluctance to celebrate winning his first ever club honour was the end of the affair.
In many respects Celtic may have got off lightly here though. Despite his talent, Guidetti clearly has some issues.
He has cited a lack of challenging games on the domestic front with Celtic being an issue for his international career. Domestic football isn’t always what we want it to be though.
It doesn’t matter which club you play for. Every league has its fair share of poor fixtures.
Real Madrid might be a big club but do you think they face a huge challenge week in week out? I mean, Celtic may be the best team in Scotland, but they haven’t exactly wiped the floor with teams this season particularly when Guidetti was starting games and it has been a challenging season.
In fact the Swede played in probably the toughest period of the season gone. When Guidetti lost his place, Celtic grew stronger though.
With that in mind, it actually makes his spate of form look less influential. Aside from that goal against Inter, his influence ended long before Christmas 2014.
If John Guidetti wants a decent club career, then he will need to do some serious self assessment. He appears to have a high opinion of himself but lacks the mental ability and dedication to conduct himself in a professional manner.
Like Feyenoord, Celtic gave this guy a solid chance. Once more, a club has helped him raise his profile.