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Camara signs two-year Celtic deal

Mohammed Camara has signed for Celtic after agreeing a two-year deal.
The former Burnley left-back, a Guinea international, became new boss Gordon Strachan's first signing for Celtic after undergoing a medical on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old, who joined Burnley from Wolverhampton Wanderers, rejected a new two-year deal at Turf Moor.

He had a chance to remain in English football with Ipswich Town, but they fell out of the running after failing to win promotion to the Premiership.

Camara's arrival in Glasgow coincided with that of Poland striker Maciej Zurawski, who is hoping to seal a £2.2m move from Wisla Krakow.

Free agent Camara, who turns 30 on Saturday, had been lined up by previous Celtic manager Martin O'Neill, who stood down last month to spend more time with seriously ill wife Geraldine.

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From BBC Sport
Gordon Strachan has made his first official move in the transfer market with a £2million bid for Maciej Zurawski of Wisla Krakow.

The Polish striker is in top form and has already stated in the media he would love to move to the Scottish giants.

And Wisla President Janusz Basalaj said earlier today: "We have just received an official offer from the Scottish club.

"Celtic has presented their proposal and we have launched negotiations."

Strachan has had Zurawski watched and is hopeful of getting the player on board quickly.

But Celtic fans will be concerned that this might mean a move for Welshman Craig Bellamy is becoming more and more unlikely.

Newcastle want at least £5million for the unsettled striker although Celtic aren't prepared to match that valuation.

Meanwhile, defender Joos Valgaeran has signed for FC Brugge on a free after his contract expired.

The Belgian will be returning to his homeland after Martin O'Neill brought him to Glasgow 5 years ago....
Celtic could re-sign Craig Bellamy on loan for another season in a £1.5million deal with Newcastle Utd.

New boss Gordon Strachan is keen to get Bellamy back on board at Celtic Park as he looks to the new season.

But the Celtic board are reluctant to release the £6million Newcastle want for the Welshman and the prospect of another loan looks more and more likely.

Everton though could kill Celtic's hopes of taking Bellamy back if they pay the full amount Newcastle are after. Aston Villa are also in the frame for Bellamy's signature with Birmingham out of the frame after signing Mikael Forsell.
Celtic 1-0 Dundee United

Celtic ensured manager Martin O'Neill bowed out with a seventh trophy to his name as his side beat Dundee United in the Scottish Cup final.
Alan Thompson's 11th minute goal was the difference between the teams.

The midfielder drilled a free-kick low towards goal and it came off United defender Garry Kenneth on its way in.

Chris Sutton missed a late penalty to make sure of the win and Alan Archibald almost scored an injury-time equaliser, but his long-range drive hit the bar.

The game's early exchanges were cagey, with both sides enjoying possession in their own half, without offering any attacking incision.

But Celtic's first opportunity brought about the opening goal.

Craig Bellamy won a free kick on the right, a couple of yards outside the penalty area.

Thompson drove the ball towards the front post and as Bobo Balde allowed it to run through his legs, it came off Kenneth's heel before crossing the line.

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Strachan in for O'Neill at Celtic

Celtic manager Martin O'Neill is to leave the club after Saturday's Scottish Cup final, with Gordon Strachan taking over from 1 June.

"I am leaving Celtic purely for personal reasons and I am extremely sorry to be departing in such circumstances," said O'Neill.

O'Neill's wife Geraldine has been receiving treatment for cancer.

Strachan has signed a 12-month rolling contract - the same arrangement as O'Neill had.

O'Neill's assistants John Robertson and Steve Walford are also leaving.

"We (the O'Neill family) have had discussions for some weeks as we awaited certain biopsy results," he added.

"We have had suspicions in recent weeks and that has taken it to a different level but she wouldn't like me to go into too much detail.

"We had some good news at the back end of last year and she is not too clever at the minute. I don't have a monopoly of bad times but it is the correct thing to do.

"She has stood with me...