Celtic defender Saidy Janko’s arrival at Barnsley is hailed as a massive coup



Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom insists Saidy Janko’s arrival from Celtic is a huge coup for the club.

The right wing-back moved to Oakwell on a season-long loan on Wednesday after struggling to make an impact in Glasgow.

The Switzerland Under-21 internationalist joined the Hoops from Manchester United in July 2015 and made 15 appearances last season.

saidyjankoJanko featured in Celtic’s successful Champions League qualifying campaign this term but came in for criticism for his performance in the nail-biting 2-0 away leg defeat to Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Heckingbottom, however, is thrilled he has been able to lure the 20-year-old to the English Championship club.

He said: “I’m delighted to welcome Saidy to Oakwell as he represents a huge signing for the football club. “Not only has he progressed through one of the most prestigious youth systems in England at Manchester United, but he’s also performed on some of the biggest stages in European football.

“He is powerful, robust and will provide us with a whole new dimension out on the wing.

“We’ve seen what he can do consistently in the Scottish Premiership and I believe he’s got what it takes to make a huge impact at Championship Level.

“Make no mistake, this is a fantastic acquisition for us and I can’t wait to start working with him.”