Celtic have announced the signing of Argentinian left-back Alexandro Bernabei on a five-year deal subject to international clearance.
His former side Lanús broke the news in the early hours of the morning with Celtic following suit just after 9am.
It was a position of the park that it was essential to strengthen heading into the summer transfer window and it is once again refreshing to see Celtic move quickly to get the deal done.
The 21-year old has impressed in his homeland having made 40 appearances for Lanús in season 2020/21 with the new league season having only kicked-off in February.
He has already been capped for his international side at U23 level and becomes Celtic’s first ever Argentinian player.
“I’m very happy to be here and I feel grateful to the club for giving me this opportunity,” said Alexandro Bernabei speaking to [Celtic TV].
“I feel proud to be playing in Europe because it was one of my dreams and I’m excited to train with and play with my new team-mates.
“The stadium is just incredible. The people, the club, team-mates, and the coaching staff are all incredible.
“I’m very excited and happy and I can’t wait to be playing in the Champions League. I’ve heard that the people are crazy, so I can’t wait to sense that feeling and emotion in Celtic Park.”
There’s a great feel-good factor around the club at the moment and that lure of Champions League football is such an exciting prospect on the horizon.
Not too long into his tenure at Celtic, Ange Postecoglou spoke about casting the net far and wide to recruit which is exactly what we’ve done and it shall be interesting to see if any other players arrive from South America.
The culture that exists at the club is first class which is down to the manager’s hard work and tireless recruitment.
“I spoke to the manager and he said he believed in me and my quality and that I can adapt to the team quickly.
“This is my first time in Scotland and Glasgow and I’ve seen the city on the internet and it looks very beautiful, so I’m excited to be able to get to know it more.
“The objective is to become champion and we want to achieve big things as a club and I would like to achieve all of our objectives this year.”
A lot of new arrivals to the club have spoken about the power of the manager and the belief which he installs in people when speaking to them.
There will now be tough competition in the left-back area for Greg Taylor who was one of the standouts last season, but competition is healthy and there will no doubt be rotation at times with both players getting their chance to impress.