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Celtic have signed the Chinese star Du Wei from Shanghai Shenhua on a four year contract. The 6ft 4inch defender, has 12 international caps and skippers his national side.

The player was very impressive during a week-long trial earlier in August and at 22 years old, has all the attributes and potential to be a regular in the first team for years to come.

Celtic have an option to review his contract in January should he fail to adapt to life the SPL. The player speaks good English so communication should not be a problem.

A Celtic spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to have signed Du Wei on a four-year deal. Within the agreement, there is an option for the club to review it in January but, all going well, we look forward to Du Wei playing for the club over the next four years.”

Du Wei will wear the number 5 shirt.
Celtic finally hit top form under Gordon Strachan as we cruised to an easy 4-0 victory at a wet and windy East End Park.

The massive travelling support didn't have to wait long for Maciej Zurawski to score his first goal for the club after only five minutes - a fine drive past keeper Bryn Halliwell after excellent work on the wing.

John Hartson scored his seventh goal of the season after taking full advantage of a poor Halliwell clearance following a tricky back pass from Thomson to double the lead as he fired into an empty from just outside the box after just ten minutes.

Celtic threatened to run riot by almost adding a third in the early stages. After more good work from Zurawski on the wing, Nakamura's effort was straight at the keeper. He got good purchase on the ball and if his shot was either side of the keeper it was a certain goal.

Artur Boruc then came to Celtic's rescue by pulling off a superb save low down to his left hand side from Mark Burchill's penalty (25) after a clumsy Adam Virgo foul.

Boruc preserved Celtic's lead going into half-time with a good save from a Darren Young effort. Boruc held on to it well on the greasy surface.

After superb play from Beattie on the left wing, Hartson should have doubled his score tally shortly after half time but Halliwell saved well from close range.

As the game progressed Maciej Zurawski's confidence was growing and after a fantastic piece of skill on the wing that Ronaldinho would have been proud of he expertly picked out Shunsuke Nakamura (58) for his first Celtic goal. The Japanese star calmly tapped the ball into the corner of the net to kill off any hopes that Dumfermline may have had of taking anything from the game.

Maciej Zurawski capped off a brilliant individual display by scoring again with a neat finish from 12 yards (74) after Thomson failed to deal with a Hartson head flick to give Celtic a comfortable win.

There were a few scary moments at the back, with Boruc making...
Celtic have confirmed the signing of Japanese midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura, subject to the player passing a medical and securing a work permit.
Celtic will pay in the region of £2m for the 27-year-old, who is expected to arrive in Glasgow later this week and joins on a three-year deal.

Nakamura said: "Celtic are obviously an enormous club with an extremely passionate support.

"This was one of the reasons I signed and I can't wait to get started."

He added that he was confident of a successful season in Glasgow "both in the league and in Europe".

Manager Gordon Strachan described his latest signing as a "special talent".

"Once he's out on the pitch I'm sure our fans will realise very quickly why we were so keen to secure his signature," he added.

"He's a player who can bring an extra dimension to any team, and having done our homework on him and asked many people about his background and temperament, we are delighted the deal has been done.

"I've no doubt it's going to prove a great bit of business for Celtic, and I'm looking forward to him pulling on the hoops and showing our fans why we have worked so hard to bring him here."

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell concluded negotiations with Nakamura's representatives and thanked the board for providing the funds to add to the squad.

He added: "The opportunities he will bring in terms of commercial spin-offs, especially in Japan and the Far East, are of great interest.

"One of the most complicated aspects of the negotiations was the player's image rights, which Celtic have secured.

"This could lead to an increase in merchandising sales in the Far East, as well as a significant boost for our other services and products."

A statement on Reggina's website thanked Nakamura for "his human quality and for his great professional approach in the past three years".

"We would also like to thank the Japanese media, the Japanese Football Association and fans who have...
Celtic open goal account
By Dubsbhoy

Celtics toughest pre-season opponents Sporting Lisbon took the smile off 35,000 Celtic fans after only 20 minutes with a 25 yard deflected shot that beat David Marshall. Up to that point Celtic looked sluggish and out of sorts. But nearly 15 minutes later Aidan McGeady popped up at the back post to score the equalizer and Celtics first goal in 3 games. The McGeady goal got the crowd going and in turn they got the team going as Celtic start holding onto the ball and playing the game out of their half. The step up in gear paid off over 10 minutes later when John Hartson was put through one and one with the Lisbon keeper his first shot was saved but he put the rebound in to put the Celts up 2-1 just before half time.

The second half seeing a few chances both ends as both managers tinkered with their teams and formations. One thing that stood out was the running from the wing backs, Mo Camara and surprisingly Craig Beattie got up and down the flanks to open up the Lisbon defense on one more than one occasion. In the end it was a good run out for the bhoys they got their first goals and nearly the first win only for a late goal, the squad still needs strengthen and lets hope by 12 0 clock tonight that can happen.

Dubsbhoys man of the match: Chris Sutton.


Hail Hail
Celtic agree £1.5m fee for Virgo

Celtic have agreed a £1.5m fee with Brighton for the English Championship outfit's defender, Adam Virgo.

The 22-year-old will travel to Celtic Park for talks about personal terms and a possible medical on Wednesday.

Brighton manager Mark McGhee believes that Virgo has the ability to make a similar impact to Chris Sutton.

"He is a great athlete, has a fantastic attitude and can play in the heart of defence, right back, midfield or up front," said the former Celtic striker.

"But I think his best position is in defence and that is where he will make his name with Celtic.

"When I arrived at the club, he was on loan at Exeter, but I quickly realised his abilities and he has been in my team since then. I've supported Brighton all my life, but sometimes you just can't say no to an opportunity such as this

"He has the ability to succeed at Celtic and the fact that they have offered £1.5m for him shows the faith they have in him too.

"It's with great sadness that that we say farewell, but I totally support board's decision as I understand the financial restraints at this club."

Brighton chairman * Knight says he rejected two previous approaches from Celtic until they met his valuation of the locally-born player who was their player of the season last term.

"This is a bittersweet moment for Mark McGhee, the board and myself," said Knight.

"While the money will enable the club to survive the coming months as we await the stadium decision, we are all very conscious that we are losing an exceptional player - in fact, two players because of his versatility.

"But the club's survival comes first and, at this price, reluctantly, we have to let Adam go to the wonderful opportunity offered him by Celtic.

"Some of the Virgo transfer money will immediately be made available to Mark for squad strengthening as a result of Adam leaving."

Virgo added: "People might think that joining...