Celtic target Tommy Smith signs for Stoke City

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.

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.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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