New boy Victor Wanyama says it was always his dream to sign for Celtic after completing his move from Germinal Beerschot, and has chosen 67 as his squad number in tribute to the Lisbon Lions.
The 20-year-old Kenyan international has had his work permit rubber-stamped and will now return to Belgium to obtain the appropriate entry visa.
Wanyama told the club´s Official Website: “I am delighted to sign for Celtic Football Club. With the formalities now out of the way, I can look forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and manager on their return from Australia.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play for a club like Celtic. After reading the club’s incredible history I have chosen 67 as my squad number to show appreciation to the 1967 squad. My ambition at Celtic is to win many trophies like the Lisbon Lions.”
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Kayal suffers broken nose.
Celtic made amends for the defeat to Central Coast Mariners in the opening game of the club´s pre-season tour Down Under with a convincing 2-0 win over Perth Glory, reports The Scotsman.
Striker Gary Hooper and defender Charlie Mulgrew were on target either side of half-time to seal victory over a side managed by former Rangers and Scotland ace Ian Ferguson.
However, the major talking point of the game came in the second half when Hoops´ midfielder Beram Kayal suffered a broken nose after being caught by Adam Hughes´ flailing elbow.
The match was held up for five minutes while Kayal received treatment and the Israeli showed his anger at Glory´s physical approach by kicking a pitchside microphone.
Captain Scott Brown was also involved in an altercation with an opponent as the game threatened to boil over at times.
McGinn loan move.
Northern Ireland winger Niall McGinn has joined Brentford on a season-long loan from Celtic.
McGinn moved to Parkhead from Derry City in January, 2009 and has made 25 appearances for the Hoops. He will now fly out on Saturday to join his new teammates at their pre-season training camp in Norway.
The 23-year-old becomes new Bees´ manager Uwe Rosler´s fifth signing since his appointment last month.
“Niall is a quick, very direct player and has a very good work ethic.” Rosler told the club´s Official Website. “I felt we were a little bit thin on the wings so we now have good numbers and competition for places. Niall wants to play at the highest level and we can help him do that.”
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