Adam Matthews comments on Celtic spell ahead of Saturday reunion

By David Walton

July 8, 2021

Adam Matthews has commented on the upcoming meeting between Celtic and Charlton Athletic on Sunday.

Celtic will take part in their second pre-season match against the League One on Saturday at 3pm. It comes three days after a youthful Hoops managed to put Sheffield Wednesday to the sword in a 3-1 success.

And this time around, the Hoops will come up against a former Parkhead favourite in Matthews. The Welshman managed to play 150 times for the Hoops between 2011 and 2015, bagging six winner’s medals too [Transfermarkt].

Matthews’ future was up in the air before today with his previous Charlton deal coming to an end. But today he penned an extension to confirm his Celtic reunion on Saturday. And as he commented on his new deal, he had some kind words for his time at Parkhead.

Speaking via the club’s official Twitter, Matthews said: “I’m glad I got it signed before then (Saturday). I had a great time at Celtic.

“Probably the best longevity of my career. Won a lot of trophies and I’ve still got a lot of friends there so it would be nice to hopefully meet up with them and get 45 minutes against them.

“I know a couple of people there, a lot of the staff. So it will just be nice to play them. They’re a good team so it will be a good test for us.”

Adam Matthews may look to prove something to Celtic on Saturday

At the time when Matthews departed, there was a split feeling amongst the supporters. Some thought we let him go too early whilst others didn’t feel it was a massive loss.

The player himself felt that he wanted to try something different. But even so, Celtic were happy to let him go without too much of a fuss.

He’ll be looking to improve he can still compete against the club that let him go to Sunderland six years ago. The Welshman has always had a terrific engine on him and is technically sound on the ball. He’ll be looking to show that on Saturday.

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In fairness, however, Matthews was one of Neil Lennon’s better signings during his first spell. He played his part in laying the foundations for our nine-in-a-row run, and to date, Celtic is the only club Matthews has ever won anything with.

It’s great to see his spot at the weekend is confirmed. Granted, it remains to be seen if Charlton boss Nigel Adkins even gives him a runout.

But these days you can tell Matthews looks back on his Celtic career with pride. Rightfully so, too.

In other news: MAT Ryan has opened the door for Celtic; Postecoglou should be all over it