Victor Wanyama: 10 things you didn't know about Celtic's goalscorer against Barcelona
Thursday 08 November 2012
Victor Wanyama was the star at the centre of Celtic's incredible victory over Barcelona in the Champions League last night.
Here, we take a closer look at the player who can now expect to find himself at the centre attention...
1. He joined Celtic from Belgian side Germinal Beerschot for £900,000 in July 2011, signing a four-year contract, and has made 60 appearances for the club.
2. Born in Nairobi, he first moved to Europe when he joined Swedish club Helsingborg in 2007 before moving to Germinal the following year.
3. A defensive midfielder who can also play in defence, he made his Kenya debut at the age of 15 in a friendly against Nigeria.
4. He has been capped 23 times.
5. The 21-year-old is the first player in the club's history to wear the No 67 shirt, in honour of the Lisbon Lions. He said: "After reading the club's history, I have chosen 67 as my squad number to show appreciation to the 1967 squad."
6. Celtic are believed to have rejected an offer of more than £8million from Queens Park Rangers for him in the summer.
7. The two Manchester clubs and Liverpool have watched him regularly this season and he may yet prove one of the most sought-after players during the January transfer window. Gary Neville last night said: "That display has put him right in the shop window and Celtic will do very well to hold on to him."
8. Neil Lennon valued him at £25m after it was confirmed that he rejected the offer of a new contract last month. Lennon said: "But his feet are here and they won't be going anywhere unless we say so."
9. His brother is McDonald Mariga, who won the Champions League with Inter in 2010 and is currently on loan at Parma. Other brothers Thomas and Sylvester play in the Kenyan Premier League.
10. His father Noah was a left winger who played for Kenya in the 1980s.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3: 'We're upset we didn't score more goals,' admits Steven Gerrard
Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3: 'That was my worst day in football,' concedes Wayne Rooney
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Arsenal 1 match report: Tomas Rosicky rocket leaves Spurs in Arsenal’s slip-stream
Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 player ratings: Who scored highest - Steven Gerrard or Luis Suarez?
Mo Farah allays health fears after passing out in New York half-marathon defeat
- 1 Is your name now 'banned' in Saudi Arabia?
- 2 Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex
- 3 Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Did jetliner fly into area controlled by Taliban? Net widens after claims final satellite signal could have been sent from the ground
- 4 Nasa-funded study warns of ‘collapse of civilisation’ in coming decades
- 5 'Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane found in Bermuda Triangle!' Viral Facebook links are profiting hackers
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Ukip and Nigel Farage on course for remarkable victory in European elections
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Tony Benn was entirely ineffectual - and usually wrong
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say