Photo: Adam Matthews makes Sunderland debut after £2m Celtic transfer

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Former Celtic fullback Adam Matthews made his debut for Sunderland last night.

Just under a week after he made his £2 million switch from Scottish Champions Celtic, as confirmed by the club's website, Welsh defender Adam Matthews made his debut for Sunderland against local neighbours Darlington on Thursday night.

The fullback arrived at the Stadium of Light after three and a half years in Glasgow, where he had managed to win four successive league titles since moving from Cardiff in 2011.

The 23-year-old, who has signed a four-year deal, came on at half time in the 4-2 win, and impressed in his time on the pitch, helping the Black Cats drawl level at 2-2 with a cross to striker Danny Graham, who promptly beat his man and finished past the goalkeeper.

Matthews' arrival helped signify a strong half by Dick Advocaat's side, as they won the second period 3-0 with the help of further goals from Connor Wickham and Emanuele Giaccherini, his second of the night.

It was the Wales international's first taste of English football since he left Cardiff as a teenager, and was a promising impact for a player who played 42 times for the Bhoys last season.

Celtic have signed Saidy Janko from Manchester United to replace Matthews, who will be eager to impress once the Premier League begins in August.

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