Celtic set for reunion with Adam Matthews next weekend in Charlton friendly

By David Walton

June 30, 2021

When Celtic take to their second pre-season match next weekend, the fans will surely notice a familiar sight in the opposition team – Adam Matthews.

The Hoops will take on English League One side Charlton Athletic on Saturday, July 10th. The game is the second of three fixtures Celtic will take part in during their training camp in Wales. Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City make up games number one and three.

All focus will be on how Ange Postecoglou navigates the three prep games ahead of our UEFA Champions League ties. Will we get a glimpse of his new tactics? Who will he put his faith in? Which players will react best to the new man’s philosophy? There are so many questions to be answered that will dominate the talking points

All the while we’ll likely be coming up against a terrific servant to Celtic between 2011 and 2015.

Matthews made 150 appearances for the club and secured four Premiership titles during his time here [Transfermarkt]. He also managed a Scottish Cup and League Cup to boot before departing for Sunderland after desiring a fresh start elsewhere.

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Matthews’ current Charlton deal actually expired this summer. However, there’s a confidence from the English club that an agreement will be reached in the coming days with all parties wanting to sign [London News Online].

And that sets Matthews up for his first appearance against Celtic since his departure six years ago. It’s fair to say his career hasn’t quite on in the trajectory he would’ve liked

The Welshman, who became an international star during his Celtic spell, was part of the Sunderland side that suffered relegation to the Championship and League One before signing for rivals Charlton. Since then he’s undergone something of a renaissance, making 58 appearances in the last two campaigns [Transfermarkt].

Adam Matthews, formerly of Celtic / (Photo by Tom West/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Matthews was known for having a terrific engine on him during his time at Parkhead. His ability and stamina to get up and down the line was key for Neil Lennon in particular. So much so that it was a massive disappointment when he left the club for a low fee of £2m [BBC].

Of course, the game will hardly be played at a fast pace. With all players involved using the game to get up to speed in terms of match sharpness, it’ll hardly be a highly competitive tempo.

But it’ll be great to see Matthews in action once again. Hopefully, he gets his new contract with Charlton signed and we can see him face his former club once again. One of the more underrated figures during Lennon’s first era, it’ll be interesting to see what level of quality he’s operating at.

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