Celtic might be perched at the top of the tree in the Scottish Premier League but only just. They have 43 points from 20 matches, two more than Old Firm rivals Rangers who have two games in hand. Celtic have a tough UEFA Champions League last 16 tie against FC Barcelona and are having a tough time with injuries.
Both their right-backs Mark Wilson and Jean-Joel Perrier Doumbe are injured and manager Gordon Strachan has rushed to sign a new player for the position. As per this BBC Sport report, he seems to have found his answer in Sevilla’s Andreas Hinkel. The 25-year-old German right-back has been short of regular games at the Spanish club for he has had to compete with Daniel Alves, arguably the best right-back in Europe for the last two-and-a-half seasons. Hinkel is highly rated and he was all too eager to embrace the opportunity to play for Celtic and not rust himself on the Sevilla substitute bench. This is what Hinkel had to day about his transfer:
I am delighted to sign for Celtic Football Club and am really looking forward to joining up with my new team-mates. I’ll be doing my very best to work as hard as I can to try and bring as much success as possible to Celtic. It’s a great honour to join the club and I hope to play an important part in the club’s future over the next few years. Celtic is a great club with a great history, having achieved such success at home and in Europe. Having already played against Celtic in European competition, I am well aware of the magnificent stadium and wonderful passionate support which the club enjoys.
The transfer fee is reported to be around £1.9 million and the player has signed a contract that binds him to the Scottish giants till 2011. Hinkel is expected to get his place in the team right from the start at the right back position. He is attack-minded and is certainly going to prove himself exciting to the Celtic fans.