FLEETWOOD Town have ventured north of the Border for their latest signing - Celtic under-19 captain Matthew Hughes.
The defender will come to Fleetwood next week when his contract at Parkhead runs out.
He joined Celtic in July 2008 from Rochdale and is leaving the Glasgow giants to further his career back in England/
Hughes said “It’s an exciting time. I just want to get the formalities out of the way.
“Fleetwood is the place where I want to play my football.
I’ve spoke to the staff and they are all spot on. The move is something I’m really looking forward to.”
Manager Micky Mellon is delighted at the centre back’s arrival, which is seen as a major coup.
He said: “I’m very excited at the prospect of signing him, at a great age as well.
“He’s been coached at a great club with Celtic, and you only have to look at how well he’s done at the club for the last few years.
“I saw this as a fantastic opportunity to gain a player of excellent calibre.”
Mellon added: “He was actually signed at Celtic for £100,000 just a few years ago, with pretty much every club in the North-West looking to sign him.
“He chose Celtic at the age of 16, and we kept an eye on his progress since then.”
He then added. “A friend of mine is the manager of the Celtic Under 19’s, and he informed me that Neil Lennon wasn’t looking to bring the lad into his first team, and they didn’t want to stop his progress as they have no reserve league in Scotland.
“We were delighted to get in there very quickly to get his signature.”
Already in the close season, Fleetwood have signed Richard Brodie, Peter Till and Keith Briggs as they step up their bid for Football League status.