Sunderland have released ex-Celtic defender Adam Matthews.
Celtic face a major rebuilding job this summer, and boss Neil Lennon will need to strengthen his squad in a host of areas if he's going to push for nine in a row.
The Bhoys have issues all over the pitch despite just winning a domestic treble, and right back is emerging as possibly the biggest problem in Lennon's squad.
Veteran duo Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa are set to leave the club on free transfers this summer, whilst youngster Anthony Ralston isn't ready to take over.
Lennon may subsequently look to bring in two right backs to overhaul the position, but finding quality options within the Celtic budget may be a difficult task.
One interesting name now available is Sunderland's Adam Matthews, whose exit was confirmed on Tuesday with his contract at the Stadium of Light coming to an end.
The 27-year-old Welshman starred under Lennon in a strong spell at Celtic, before heading down to Sunderland in 2016, where he has struggled to make an impact.
Matthews is now available for free and certainly knows Lennon well, representing a bargain option if Celtic look for a proven option before spending a decent fee on a younger, long-term solution.
Celtic fans have been taking to Twitter to discuss the idea of Matthews coming back, with some believing that he'd fit the bill perfectly and is the answer to Celtic's problems without spending a penny.
Others feel like Matthews has regressed since leaving Celtic in the first place, and feel that if he couldn't get into the Sunderland side in League One, then he certainly wouldn't get in the Celtic side.
We cant have room for sentimemt in the quest for 10 in a row. Lustig is finished as 1st choice. That frees up wages and we can now bring back Adam Matthews to finish what he started...— Fianna (@Fianna2010) June 11, 2019
Who would take Adam matthews the noo. At least we have rb as cover— hehasitall (@johnnyreece20) June 11, 2019
Adam matthews is free agent and our manager is lennon .. just saying— شبكة جماهير سيلتيك (@Celtic_Ar) June 11, 2019
Adam Matthews been released by Sunderland... Celtic fans, would you take him back?— DJ Dylan McPhee (@djdylandmcphee) June 11, 2019
Adam Matthews released by Sunderland the same day as Lustig is meant to have left Celtic.— Celtic FC Fans & News (@Celtic1888News) June 11, 2019
Do not, I repeat DO NOT get any ideas @CelticFC.
No even worth joking about— MCG (@carfenian) June 11, 2019
Adam Matthews released by Sunderland.— JL (@jameslovesye) June 11, 2019
Bring him up the road.
He'll cost about £4m, can't see it happening.— Cal MacKenzie (@kombuchis_clay) June 11, 2019
In related news, Adam Matthews has been released from Sunderland, available on a free now ...
Nah.— Dale (@dalebhoy) June 11, 2019
Not been a player for last 2 seasons we’ll end up with Adam Matthews back again— Kev Collins (@kev_collins85) June 11, 2019
Adam Matthews anyone? Short term deal??— mik holmes (@mikholmes1972) June 11, 2019
Sunderland: Wales defender Adam Matthews among four players released https://t.co/cA0fHfG8c6 there is ur right back celtic. Won't cost a penny— kev gan lan (@dodgeball147) June 11, 2019
Adam Matthews released by Sunderland, if @CelticFC announce him as our next Right back then its games a bogey!— Robert Stephen (@RobertStephen27) June 11, 2019
let’s hope so— Scott Cameron (@Cammy26_2) June 12, 2019
Regressed since leaving. Surely must be a better RB on the continent for a multi million pound football club. #biscuittin— Paddy McPhie (@paddy_mcphie) June 12, 2019
He’d be cheap. And that’s the main thing right now.— Random Muppett (@random_muppett) June 12, 2019
WTF.... Barrel scraping.... We don't need ex players who can't get a team out of England's 3rd level.. We need fresh quality players who can push the team on..— Stevie O'Neil (@stevieoneil) June 12, 2019
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