Former Celtic defender Adam Matthew’s explained his weird Celtic departure which saw him leave for £2million to Sunderland.

The Welsh defender spoke to OpenGoal about his career to date and how his time at Celtic came to an abrupt end.

Matthew’s recalls leaving Lennoxtown for the day and heading home. He got a call from his agent about a potential move to Sunderland and gave the green light to see what they were offering.

The next thing he knew he woke up on his couch with a lot of missed calls and only found out Celtic had agreed a deal with Sunderland on Sky Sports News before quickly calling his agent back.

Adam explains: “It was a bit weird really. My agent said there was interest from Sunderland. I said, ‘Okay, speak to them, see what they’re saying’. I left training, came home, fell asleep on the sofa with the TV on.

“Woke up about four o’clock to ten missed calls from my agent. Sky Sports News was on, I just saw ‘Celtic have agreed £2 million bid for Adam Matthews’. I was like ‘Jesus’, so I rang my agent.

“I swear down I fell asleep. I must have had about 14 missed calls from my agent. I rang him, he was like ‘Sunderland want you down tonight to sign’. I jumped in the car, drove, met my agent at Sunderland, and that’s how quick it was. I didn’t really have time to think about it, to be honest.”

Celtic sold the player under Ronny Deila, Matthew’s had been a Neil Lennon signing and at the time, it appeared as if Ronny and Adam wanted to try something new.

We’ve not heard much about the player since his departure but he recently signed a deal with Charlton this week s he pushes for a first team place under Lee Bowyer.


  1. Tells you everything about leaving training at lennoxtown for the day , going home , falling asleep & waking up at 4pm . What time is finishing for the day at training ? 12 o’clock probably. A wee half day , oh the life of a big earning professional footballer !


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