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Paradise lost as Agathe leaves Celtic

CELTIC have confirmed Didier Agathe has left the club by mutual consent.

The 30-year-old wing-back was a mainstay of the first team under former Hoops manager Martin O’Neill. But the Frenchman failed to make an impact under current Celtic Park boss Gordon Strachan.

Agathe joined the Glasgow club in 2000 from Hibernian, after previously playing for Raith. The former Montpellier man helped Celtic clinch the domestic treble in his first season at the club.

Agathe scored in the Champions League qualifier against Ajax in Amsterdam in August 2001 to propel the Bhoys towards the group stages for the first time. He went on to play for Celtic in the UEFA Cup final defeat by Porto in Seville in 2003.

After O’Neill’s departure in May 2005, a groin injury hampered his hopes of impressing Strachan, and on his return to fitness Agathe could not displace Paul Telfer.