TOMMY SMITH today completed his £4million move from Huddersfield to Stoke City. The Celtic Star told you at the end of last week that both his new club and Celtic had had £4million bids accepted for the right back but the 27 year old was unable to agree personal terms with the Scottish Treble Treble winners who instead has decided to stay in the English Championship with the Potters.
Tommy Smith, Huddersfield Town. Has just signed for Stoke City! Obviously the Terriers' playing style in the PL is reflective of his lack of attacking output but he's a good Championship player, Stoke are pretty sorted at RB among him and Edwards. pic.twitter.com/xegRMex33p
— Ram Srinivas (@rramesss) July 15, 2019
Smith emerged as the number one target for Celtic around two week ago as Neil Lennon looks to bring in at least two new right backs to complement Anthony Ralston, who should be given a chance to prove himself under the new manager on Wednesday evening against Sarajevo.
At the weekend Neil Lennon shot down the suggestion that Celtic could not compete with Championship clubs for transfer fees or wages offered to players so you can only imagine Stoke, who have now signed seven players in this window, have paid over the odds in order to get their man.
Smith excited very few Celtic fans when he first became a Celtic target.
Plenty still think we’ll end up shopping in Kilmarnock.