Ex-Celtic right-back Adam Matthews has been released by Sunderland.

The Wales international signed for the black cats from the Hoops in 2015. He has spent two loan spells at Bristol City in that time after falling out of favour in the dwindling side.

With Mikael Lustig all but away from Parkhead, will Neil Lennon look to re-sign the defender for free?

Adam Matthews the answer to latest question?

With the Swede’s departure, Celtic are left with only one right-back in Anthony Ralston.

Mikael Lustig is out of contract at Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Cristian Gamboa’s contract has ran its course and Jeremy Toljan’s loan has ended.

Fans will now be wondering who will be the next first choice right-back.

It goes without saying that Matthews was a top performer for the Hoops during his four year spell.

The former Cardiff City man replaced Andreas Hinkel and took his number and was an ample replacement.

At only 27, the athletic full-back still has a lot to give.

 

Lustig wasn’t the most able bodied defender towards the end of his time at Celtic and Matthews can offer something different.

In his younger days he was naive in his defending but he would be coming back as an older head.

Adam Matthews is a free agent following Sunderland release. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With no added price tag, Celtic can easily lure Matthews back to the club he excelled in.

Neil Lennon problem with recruiting old bhoys

The Irishman may come in for a bit of criticism if he goes in for Matthews, however.

There have been links to his former signings such as Gary Hooper and Joe Ledley in recent times.

Gary Hooper wants Celtic return. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Some fans will want new and exciting players, not players who are now past it.

Plus, fans will have eyebrows raised if the club sign Matthews as he has been released by a Sunderland side far from their best.

Nevertheless, numbers are needed at full-back and Matthews is the cheap option.

Going by the way the club do their business, this may be the avenue the board go down.

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