I wonder if many Celtic fans remember Joshua Williams Thompson – Josh Thompson for short.
A young wide-eyed defender who was brought to the club by flop manager Tony Mowbray for a fee of 250k back in 2009.
The defender wasn’t brought in as a first team starter and the hope was that Celtic could develop the bhoy into becoming first choice centre back.
He would make his debut against Falkirk coming on for Celtic Captain Stephen McManus who would shortly be on his way to join old boss Strachan at Middlesborough.
Josh was used sparingly but got an extended run in the team when Loovens and Hoiveeld both went down with injuries. He even got a few goals in the later half of the season where Neil Lennon took over from the sacked Mowbray.
It was clear Neil Lennon didn’t rate him and although he used the player in the run-in that season – when the interim coach got the job full time, Josh quickly went down the pecking order.
Sadly, nobody will remember his time at the club fondly as it was a terrible season on the whole.
The defender was farmed out to Rochdale on-loan, and for the people who remember this time – when you were sent out on-loan by Neil Lennon he was basically giving up on you. This proved to be the case after three separate loan spells he was moved onto Portsmouth.
Last season Josh was relegated with his side Southport and subsequently left the club. The 27-year-old now plays for Macclesfield Town who he signed for in the summer. He’s not had a lot of game time thus far.