Former Celtic defender Adam Matthews definitely won’t be returning to the club this summer after he finalised his move to Charlton Athletic.
The Welshman, 27, had been a free agent since his release from Sunderland in early June and it had been mooted that he may be in line for a reunion with Neil Lennon in Glasgow.
Those rumours were squashed when Celtic completed the signings of Moritz Bauer and Jeremie Frimpong in the final days of the transfer window. But it appears as if Matthews was never properly discussed, as he’s been training with Charlton for some time.
“I’m excited,” Matthews told the official Addicks website. “It’s been a tough summer for me personally, not knowing what was going to happen, so I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to come and train to the boys.
“I know Jonny [Williams] and Tom [Lockyer] well from Wales and I played with Beram [Kayal] at Celtic, so it’s been quite an easy transition for me and I’ve been training with the lads for a few weeks now, so I feel I can slot right in.”
Matthews signing wouldn’t have gone down well at Celtic
It’s pleasing to see that Lennon didn’t revert to signing too many of his former players in the summer window. There were fears in his early days that the likes of Matthews, Gary Hooper and Joe Ledley could all be in line for returns to Glasgow.
Fraser Forster was signed but the majority of fans will agree that his acquisition is of a different level to the other three.
Instead, Lennon has chosen to move forward with recruitment and sign players who haven’t tasted Celtic before. The likes of Matthews and Hooper have done little since leaving the club so returns wouldn’t have been met too well by supporters.
We wish the Welshman all the best at the Championship club.