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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...
Keeper Boruc joins Celtic on loan

Goalkeeper Artur Boruc has joined Celtic on a year-long loan deal from Polish outfit Legia Warsaw after he passed a medical on Wednesday.
A fee had been agreed between the clubs and Celtic have the option of paying more to extend the 25-year-old's stay.

Boruc hopes that joining Celtic will help him take over the Poland jersey from Liverpool's Jerzy Dudek.

"I want to be number one with Celtic and with Poland and win myself a longer contract here," he told BBC Sport.

"If I play over here then Jerzy Dudek will have a little problem over in Liverpool."

Boruc, who will contest the number one jersey at Celtic with Scotland international David Marshall, was also delighted to be given the chance to play in front of regular 60,000-strong crowds.

The Pole had promised not to "ask for a lot of money" in negotiations as he was simply honoured to be joining a club like Celtic.

"This is a big club and a great club and maybe we are going to be in the Champions League," he said.

"I remember seeing one Celtic game on television - in Seville against Porto - and the one thing I remember was that there were so many supporters."

Boruc will be linking up with fellow Pole Maciej Zurawski, who completed his move from Wisla Krakow last week.

"For me, the acclimatisation should be easier at a new club because I can speak English a bit," added Boruc.

"But I will have a Polish colleague too, which is very important."

Celtic turned their attention to Boruc after failing in a bid for Southampton's former Rangers goalkeeper, Antti Niemi.

The Glasgow club's manager, Gordon Strachan, said: "We tried to get Antti Niemi and that deal came to an end in the early hours of Friday morning, when we made our final bid.

"What we are getting is a player who is hungry. He's the Polish number two at the moment.

"There is a loan fee and his wages, but we felt we saved a lot of money and we can use...
UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round,
Kairat Almaty (KAZ) or Artmedia (SVK) v Celtic


Gordon Strachan's Celtic face a difficult trip to either Kasakhstan or Slovakia in the Champions League second qualifying round after the club was drawn against the winner of the Kairat Almaty v Artmedia Bratislava first round tie.

The prospect of an eight-hour flight to Kasakhstan - albeit against a side with the lowest coefficient in the draw - will be particularly unappealing to the new Hoops boss, who would doubtless have been hoping for a tie closer to home against the likes of Glentoran, Shelbourne or Total Network Solutions, who have instead been paired with Liverpool.

Instead, Strachan and his players face a journey into the unknown before returning to Celtic Park for the second leg - hopefully to finish a job that nonetheless looks likely to be anything but routine.

The ties will be played on July 26/27 and August 2/3.

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