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Pukki completes move to Celtic from Schalke for a reported £3 million fee

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1569Celtic completed the signing of Finnish striker Teemu Pukki for a reported £3 million fee from Bundesliga outfit Schalke on a four-year deal.

Despite already playing for Schalke in the Champions League qualifying rounds, the Finn is eligible to play for Celtic in the group stages and joins Israeli midfielder Nir Biton at Parkhead following his signing on Friday.

Speaking to the official Celtic website, Pukki was delighted with his move to the Scottish champions, he said: “I am really excited about it and I am just waiting to meet the guys and get to play on the pitch. I can’t really wait to play in the stadium in front of the fans as I have heard so many good things about them. I am really looking forward to it and I hope it happens soon.

“I spoke to our national team coach Mixu Paatelainen and he was saying it will be a good club to go to. Celtic are a great, traditional club. There is an opportunity to play in the Champions League and I hope I can score a lot of goals but I know it´s not going to be easy to just go in the side and I will need to work hard to get into the team.”

Pukki joined Schalke from HJK Helsinki two seasons ago, but made just seven starts for the Bundesliga side. His only game this season for Schalke was a 4-0 defeat to Wolfsburg, with Pukki coming on just after the hour mark. Last season he played 28 games in all competitions scoring six times – including the equaliser against Spain in a World Cup qualifier in March.

Meanwhile, Celtic are in talks with Manchester United to take left back Alex Buttner on loan until the end of the season fuelling rumours that Emilio Izaguirre was set to move to Everton. However, after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Dundee United, Celtic manager Neil Lennon refuted those claims stating that the Honduran was going ‘nowhere’.

Celtic also had a bid of around £1.2 million rejected by Peterborough United for striker Lee Tomlin and are expected to increase their offer ahead of the transfer window closing tonight at 11pm.

There was also news this morning, confirmed by Lennon post-match, that they are looking to farm out Tony Watt on loan for the season to secure regular first team action with Aberdeen and Bolton are interested in signing the Scotland under-21 international striker.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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