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Oxford United sign Fiacre Kelleher from Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the match

The 21-year-old leaves Celtic after spending the last five years in Glasgow.

Celtic fans as New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented after the press conference

Oxford United have announced the signing of Fiacre Kelleher from Celtic.

The Irish centre-half has joined the League One club on a two-year deal.

Kelleher had been on Celtic's books for the last five years but it is clear that he is not in manager Brendan Rodgers's long-term plans.

Celtic fans in the stadium await the arrival of New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers after the press conference

The Hoops have Kolo Toure, Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko as centre-back options and the Northern Irishman obviously felt that the Cork-born man was not ready to compete with that trio for a starting berth next season.

Kelleher spent last season on loan at Peterhead and managed three goals in 25 appearances for the Scottish side.

He had played regularly for Celtic's Under-20 side, but at his age senior football is important to aid is ongoing development.

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He told Oxford's official website after completing the move: "I’m really pleased to be joining. It’s a fantastic club and they have done really well over the last few years.

"At this stage in my career I want to test myself, be part of the first team and play regularly. Now I’m looking forward to joining up with the lads in pre-season.”

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