Celtic sign young Nigerian midfielder

Last updated : 18 January 2012 By AFP

Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic made their second signing in as many days on Wednesday with the arrival of Nigerian Under-23 midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim after he had an impressive trial with the club.

The 20-year-old, who terminated his contract at Dutch side PSV Eindhoven because of a lack of first-team opportunities, has been offered a three-and-a-half-year contract subject to him being granted a work permit.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon said that Ibrahim -- who began his European career with Sporting Lisbon before leaving for PSV on a three-year contract in 2010 -- would add a lot to the present squad as they try and regain the title from bitter rivals Rangers.

"We have been very impressed by Rabiu," Lennon told the club website.

"In my view he is a highly talented and exciting young player and someone who will be a tremendous addition to our squad.

"He is a playmaker, well balanced and a very intelligent footballer. We are really looking forward to him joining us."

Ibrahim represents Celtic's second piece of transfer business this week after they announced the signing of Polish defender Jaroslaw Fojut from Slask Wroclaw on a pre-contract agreement on Tuesday.

Fojut, who had a five-year spell with Bolton Wanderers but was loaned out to Luton Town and Stockport County for most of his time there, signed a three-year contract that will see him join in the summer.

Source: AFP

Source: AFP