Player profile: Victor Wanyama, midfielder, Celtic

Victor Wanyama was one of the most impressive players in Celtic's Champions League run. Photo: PA

Name: Victor Wanyama

Position: Centre midfield

Born: 1992

Club: Celtic

Country: Kenya

Celtic turned a lot of heads during their Champions League campaign last season, with Victor Wanyama being one of their standout performers.

The Kenyan was a key component in containing the likes of Barcelona, who Celtic beat at home, and suffered last-minute heartbreak at the Nou Camp.

Testament to Celtic's scouting network, the midfielder arrived in Glasgow for less than £1million from Belgian outfit Beerschot back in 2011.

Wanyama, whose brother McDonald Mariga plays for Parma, patrols the centre of the park, and reads the game extremely well, allowing him to break up play when he senses danger coming his way.

He rarely forays forward - as shown in the graphic below - in an attempt to conserve energy for his defensive duties, but he did manage to bag nine goals last season, including in the win over Barcelona at Celtic Park.

Wanyama could work on his passing accuracy. Credit:

This positional discipline shows that he is has a great understand of his role and what his team needs from him, making Wanyama incredibly dependable for manager Neil Lennon, but he has the ability to be more adventurous when the opportunity arises, occasionally firing in a goal from long-range.

Possessing strength, means he can hold off almost every opponent he faces, but his ability to mistime a challenge has seen Wanyama suffer from a disastrous disciplinary record, receiving 15 cautions last season, including a suspension for Celtic's final Champions League group clash.

Many of his 13 career goals have come from set-pieces, with the 6ft2" Kenyan superb at arriving late when the ball is delivered, and also being able to out jump defenders.

His sterling work for Celtic has seen many a team circle the Kenyan, hoping to acquire his signature, with the midfielder being valued at over £10million.

Southampton and Liverpool are both very interested in adding them to their midfield, but the lure of Champions League football with the Scottish champions could see him stay at Celtic Park, but if Manchester United do follow through with their interest, then it might be a struggle to keep hold of the Kenyan.


Celtic bought Victor Wanyama for £900,000. They agreed a price of £12 mil with Southampton for him? That is outstanding business.