Confirmed: Midtjylland boosted by first summer signing ahead of Celtic tie

By David Walton

June 30, 2021

Midtjylland have made their first summer signing after securing Brazilian midfielder Charles Rigon Matos this afternoon.

Celtic’s UEFA Champions League qualifying opponents have announced their new man in time for him to be registered for the tie. Charles will be able to play at Celtic Park on July 20th as well as the return leg in Denmark.

It comes at a time when Celtic fans are still waiting for the football club to cover key priority positions ahead of the registration deadline. Celtic are in desperate need of two new singings at centre-back as well as an additional right-back.

Midtjylland, however, clearly aren’t waiting around. Charles arrives from Brazilian outfit Ceara Sporting Club after experience in his home nation’s top flight. At 25, he has no European experience, meaning the UCL games vs Celtic could be his first ever games in the continent.

It shows the Danish club means business ahead of the second qualifying round too. It’ll be interesting to see if Celtic show a similar level of intensity in their recruitment over the coming weeks.

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Midtjylland manager Bo Henriksen tooling up for Celtic

Midtjylland only appointed new manager Bo Henriksen at the end of May. Ange Postecoglou was only given the Celtic reins 10 days later.

What that means is that the Danish club has proven you don’t need to wait long to get your recruitment. It flies in the face of any idea that the new man needs time to work out his current squad.

New Midtjylland manager Bo Henriksen is only just in the door (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Henriksen has only taken charge of one pre-season friendly – an impressive 2-1 win at Malmo. So to say that confidence is high with our rivals would probably be an understatement. They’ll have the same level of excitement that we do with regards to a new managerial appointment.

The signing of Charles today only adds to their momentum. The central midfielder appears to be a box-to-box type. He’s also likely to be coming in as a replacement for Frank Onyeka, who’s reportedly close to joining Premier League club Brentford [Sky Sports].

Credit to them for this deal too. It shows the level of efficiency that we’ve been wanting to see from Celtic. It also shows the confidence they have in different markets given Charles was sourced from Brazil. Fingers crossed the Hoops react with their own first summer signing in the coming days.

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