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Rose Rises to Replace Legend Swarbrick

Early this morning, Celtic wrapped up a key signing with the arrival of Senegalese star, Defaye Rose, who joins the club for 27.5m.

The 27 year old, who can play in CM or AM, has joined The Hoops to replace long serving CM, Thomas Swarbrick, who will retire at the end of the current campaign. Despite Rose's impressive strike rate as an AM, Beck believes he has the key attributes to help unlock defences and create chances for strike duo Yusuf Can Tehrani and Edward Khuboni.

"I am delighted to have Rose here. We have been looking for a CM for some time, which would allow [Abbas] Wertheim to develop in his natural position on the right-side of midfield. With Swarbrick still here, it means we can ease Rose in and there is no pressure to hit the ground running. He's been at the A & B Levels for a few seasons now and the jump to the Premier League is a substantial one", said the Celtic Manager.

There has been wide spread discontent on social media outlets amongst the green and white half of Glasgow, with Celtic having only spent 2.5m this season on two low risk young GK's. This was no doubt exasperated with Old Firm rivals, Rangers, spending 8m on defender Kader Batsa this week. Despite the investment in Celtic Park, which will be completed in 10 days, fans expected a greater investment in the playing personnel too.

"I know there has been comments made about the lack of player investment, and I said at the start of the season I was very pleased with the squad - and would add as and when I saw fit. We have a recruitment team who work to identify the right players, and when they become available at a price we think is value, then we'll invest. That is what we've done with Rose. We don't just buy for the sake of buying", said Beck.

Kevin Beck

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:46:18 AM

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