THE Celtic full-back Adam Matthews could soon be the target of a £2m move from his hometown club, Swansea City, writes Derek Miller.
The Wales internationalist, who joined Celtic on a Bosman transfer from Cardiff City in 2011, has two years left on his contract, but with Celtic's Champions League involvement unlikely to extend beyond the preliminary stages (they are 4-1 down to Legia Warsaw after the first leg in Poland last week), the champions could be willing to make up some of the financial shortfall by selling the defender.
A full-back is high on the priority list for Gary Monks, the Swansea manager, but the asking price
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for his preferred target, Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Naughton, is proving prohibitive, and he could now turn to Matthews.
A second-string Celtic side went down 6-1 to Tottenham in Helsinki at the weekend and the organisers of the match are reported to be seeking an apology and a refund from Ronny Deila's side after saying the decision to send a young inexperienced team as 'disrespectful'.
Faced with overturning the 4-1 Champions League first-leg deficit to Legia on Wednesday, Deila and his first team stayed in Glasgow as a development squad travelled to Finland. Efe Ambrose, Teemu Pukki, Amido Balde and Craig Gordon were the only senior
first-team players involved.
Celtic defended the move by saying Deila had inherited the game from the previous management team.
Ambrose, who was sent off during Saturday's match - his second dismissal in 72 hours - will not face a ban. The Nigerian was dismissed when he was given a second yellow card after a last-minute challenge on Emmanuel Adebayor.
He had been booked seven minutes beforehand for a foul on the same player, then needlessly hauled down Danny Rose with a couple of minutes to go to give Tottenham a penalty.
It appears Finnish referee Antti Munukka will not include the sending-off in his report to the Finnish FA as the match was a friendly.
Ambrose had been sent off in the first half of Celtic's visit to Warsaw last week.