Sunderland have signed Welsh international Adam Matthews from Scottish champions Celtic for £2 million on a four-year deal.
Speaking exclusively to Sunderland’s official website, Matthews said: “It’s been very exciting. It happened really quickly which has been a bit of a shock. Playing in the Barclays Premier League and in front of great fans and in a big stadium is something I’m looking forward to.
“Obviously, at Celtic I played in front of massive crowds and I’m sure they’ll be just as good if not better here so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat said: “We know that we need quality players to improve competition for places in the side, so Adam is a welcome addition to our squad and we are very pleased to welcome him to Sunderland.”
Matthews signed for Celtic in 2011 after making over 40 appearances for Cardiff City and went on to make 148 appearances for Celtic, winning four Premiership titles scoring five times.
The signing of Manchester United youngster Saidy Janko, coupled with Mikael Lustig returning to fitness as well as youngster Darnell Fisher returning to the first team squad – put paid to Matthews’ time at Parkhead.
With one year remaining on his contract Celtic decided to cash in on the former Cardiff City player and the 23-year-old becomes Dick Advocaat’s second signing of the summer.