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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...