Wanyama earns his dream move to the Premier League

Posted by Andy Muirhead

Ian MacNicol/Getty ImagesVictor Wanyama spent two seasons at Parkhead.

A day of mixed emotions for Celtic fans as midfielder Victor Wanyama makes his dream move to the English Premier League, with Southampton breaking the Scottish transfer record with a reported 12.5 million pound deal.

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The Kenyan took to his Twitter page after the deal was completed, he said: "I have a day of mixed emotion [sic]happy to play in EPL, honoured to be the 1st Kenyan to play in EPL...But VERY SAD TO leave PARADISE. The club as [sic] been great you fans incredible... 67 will always be in my HEART. I hope you wish me well."

Wanyama had two great years at Celtic winning two league titles and the Scottish Cup. He starred in Europe also and it was his performances in the Champions League that sealed Wanyama's departure south. Celtic fans can remember him fondly, his goals, his no-nonsense tackling and his battling attitude.

We all knew the day would come when he swapped Scottish football for a shot and the riches of the English Premier League. And his performances at Celtic have certainly earned him that move, but as with all football transfers the fans are mixed.
The majority of Celtic fans have wished the Kenyan good luck with his move, while others have claimed that he is only moving south for the money and that he will be fighting relegation rather than playing in the Champions League.

But, at the end of the day, Wanyama has done what is best for himself and his family, which in turn has seen Celtic bank £12.5 million -- despite some claims from previous clubs of Wanyama's. I am surprised that his primary school has not lodged an invoice with Celtic looking for a slice of the fee -- every other team has. You can bet that Celtic's lawyers will be looking at all the legal guff to see what has to be paid out, if anything.

As for Wanyama, will he be a success at Southampton? Well, at a club like Celtic, he stood out with his performances both domestically and in Europe, but the English Premier League is a different ball game altogether. But if West Ham's Ricardo Vaz Te [who flopped at Hibernian] can make it in the EPL then you can bet your mortgage on Wanyama doing well also -- in fact, I expect Wanyama to make his move away from the south coast no later than two years into his deal with Southampton -- with them making a healthy profit into the bargain. I just hope Celtic secured a sell-on clause in the deal with Southampton.

Will Wanyama end up like many other former Celtic players who find out that the grass is not always greener away from Paradise or will he take the English Premier League by storm? What is your view?

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