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Celtic announce signing of Conogolese midfielder

31-year-old Youssouf Mulumbu has been added to Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
Aug 31st 2018, 11:29 AM 6,913 6

CELTIC HAVE CONFIRMED the transfer of midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu on a two-year deal. 

The 31-year-old spent last season with Kilmarnock, but arrives as a free agent. 

A DR Congo international, he has enjoyed spells with Paris Saint-Germain, West Brom and Norwich City in the past. 

“I walked on to the pitch when I signed and it felt amazing,” Mulumbu said. “These are the reasons we play football.

“My immediate focus is to stay fit and ready and be 100 per cent ready. I’ve played at Celtic Park as the opposition and it’s a special place to play, so I’m looking forward to being part of the team and playing there.

“I cannot describe how amazing this day is for me, but it’s one step to the other. I have signed but now I must work hard to play.

The first goal for me is to show to the manager that I’m ready. Anytime he needs me I will respond on the pitch. I know the game and what is expected of me so I’m going to be ready when the gaffer needs me.

“This is what you work for as a footballer. To play in a big team like Celtic is just amazing. I always work very hard and I want to help the young lads here. We have so much to achieve. We need to do well in the Europa League, retain all the domestic trophies and continue winning the Glasgow derbies. It’s amazing to be part of that.”

The Scottish transfer window closes at midnight tonight, and Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers is still hoping to keep hold of striker Moussa Dembele, who is the subject of interest from Lyon. 

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Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic is also expected to arrive on loan today. 

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