If You Know The History – 28th July Andy Thom

On this day in 1995, Andreas Thom was transferred to Celtic from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of around £2.2 million

Andy had started his career with Dynamo Berlin and became a regular in the East German national side. After re-unification, he also played for Germany.

Andy was brought in to Celtic by Tommy Burns and initially partnered Pierre van Hooijdonk up front. Later that season, he had a more withdrawn role, playing just behind a striking duo of Pierre and Jorge Cadete. He ended that first campaign as Celtic’s Player of the Season.

In 1996/97, he had more of a midfield role, in tandem with Paul McStay but was not a regular as the season progressed and there were stories of a move back to Germany.

When Wim Jansen arrived as manager in the summer of 1997, Andy was hoping for a fresh start but by the end of the year, he was still out of favour

In  January 1998, Andreas Thom returned to his native Germany – at Hertha Berlin – Celtic receiving a fee in the region of £275,000


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