Pre-season is upon us, the transfer window is open and already we have three new additions to the Celtic squad. And there will surely be more signings to come before the window, as it always does, slams shut.
Kelvin Wilson is the latest centre half brought into what has been an unsettled position for Celtic over the last couple of seasons. A long time target for Neil Lennon, who played with the defender in his Notts Forest days, Wilson was finally secured for free under the Bosman ruling.
Moves were made to bring Wilson in during the January window for a small fee, but Forest manager Billy Davis preferred to pay Wilson and not play him for the remainder of the season. I’m sure guesses can be made as to his motivation.
Wilson is a six foot plus centre half with pace and will add another defensive option to the squad. Wearing the number 17 jersey, he will be looking to establish himself as a first team regular during the forthcoming season.
Nineteen year old right back Adam Matthews has also been signed as a Bosman, this time from Cardiff City. The highly rated young Welshman has been given the number 2 jersey previously worn by the departed Andreas Hinkel and is perhaps one for the future.
Matthews played 35 times for Cardiff last season and also became a Welsh international, making his debut against Scotland. He has been linked to top English clubs in big money moves in the past, and although nothing ever materialised it shows the potential that he has.
With Mark Wilson currently in possession of the right back slot and Cha Du Ri fit once more, Matthews will have a difficult task to break into the first team.
20 year old Kenyan defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama has signed from Belgian club Beerschot AC, subject to securing a work permit. Wanyama has 11 International caps and played in all six of Kenya’s FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifiers.
It is suspected that the six foot two Wanyama will be converted into a centre half at Celtic. Again he is one for the future, but, assuming the transfer is completed, he will be looking to force himself towards first team action sooner rather than later. Wanyama will be the first Kenyan to play for Celtic, adding another nation to a lengthy list.
So three players have come in so far, but how many others will join them?
A goalkeeper will be signed, with Fraser Forster tipped to join after spending last season on loan at Celtic. But other names have been mentioned and the Shay Given rumours haven’t gone away.
And another forward is also a priority for Neil Lennon. Too many names have been linked to the club to list, and it seems we will have to wait a little longer for a signing to be made.
The Celtic squad is very much becoming Neil Lennon’s squad. With at least two more players to come in, the manager will have many of his own signings to choose from when the action starts for real.