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Chris Sutton
"I'm looking forward to getting started"
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Tuesday, 11 July, 2000, 14:40 GMT
O'Neill secures Sutton
Chris Sutton
Chris Sutton becomes Martin O'Neill's first signing
Chris Sutton has completed his 6m transfer to Celtic after it was confirmed the striker had passed a medical.

The former Chelsea frontman becomes Martin O'Neill's first signing for the Parkhead outfit, and will now join up with his new team-mates in Copenhagen.

Sutton will feature for Celtic on Wednesday in a friendly fixture in Copenhagen.



"The club is always interested in top-quality players and in Chris Sutton, I believe, we have secured the services of such a player."
  Martin O'Neill

O'Neill believes Sutton will demonstrate the ability which saw him establish himself as one of the Premiership's leading talents at Blackburn Rovers.

He said: "I am delighted to have signed a player of the quality of Chris Sutton. He has played at the highest level as an England international and will bring valuable skills and experience to Celtic.

"The club is always interested in top-quality players and in Chris Sutton, I believe, we have secured the services of such a player."

'Passionate support'

At Parkhead on Monday, Sutton said he was looking forward to the challenge after a disappointing season with Chelsea.

"I know I'm a Scottish record transfer, but to be honest it's a bit of a relief coming down in price from 10m to 6m," he said.

"As soon I spoke to Martin O'Neill I knew that I wanted to be involved with a club of Celtic's standing and I am excited about the prospect of playing alongside quality players.

"I am delighted to have signed for Celtic and very much look forward to playing in front of such a massive, passionate and knowledgable support."

Sutton joins Celtic as a replacement for Australian international Viduka, last season's Scottish Premier League top goalscorer, whose transfer to Leeds is currently being held up by work permit problems.

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