11 August 2014 22:08
Celtic have signed Aleksandar Tonev on a season-long loan from Aston Villa, with an option for a permanent deal at the end of the campaign.
The 24-year-old moved to Villa Park from Lech Poznan ahead of 2013-14, but failed to hold down a regular spot in Paul Lambert’s starting line-up.
A Bulgaria international, Tonev made 20 appearances in all competitions for Villa, 12 of which were as a substitute.
Celtic confirmed the capture on their official website on Monday, with new boss Ronny Deila excited at the potential shown by the forward.
“Aleksandar’s a very quick player and he has two good feet which he can shoot with,” he said.
“He has scored a lot of goals during his time at Lech Poznan and I think he can help bring the club forward with his qualities. We can also make him better.”
Tonev himself, meanwhile, was delighted to complete the switch and revealed he had spoken to compatriot Stiliyan Petrov about the move.
“Joining Celtic is unbelievable, and I feel really good about it,” he said. “I’m delighted to have joined the club and I can’t wait to meet up with my new team-mates and start playing for Celtic.
“I already knew all about Celtic. Everybody in Bulgaria knows Celtic. I spoke to Stiliyan Petrov yesterday and he was very happy for me. He wished me good luck and I hope I can do as well for Celtic as Stiliyan did.
“I’m an attacking player, and usually play on the left side of the park, and I like to create and score goals.”