Lawwell hints at Celtic funds

Lawwell hints at Celtic funds

Published Jan. 10, 2013 6:15 a.m. ET

Slovakian midfielder Jan Gregus looks set to complete his one-year loan move to Bolton Wanderers.

The 21-year-old Banik Ostrava player has been in England since Tuesday in a bid to finalise a one-year loan deal with a view to a permanent move and he will soon be a Bolton man barring a late hitch.

"Gregus' move to Bolton is 90 per cent done and only an administrative issue can ruin it," Banik official Michal Dyml told Czech newspaper Blesk.

"I cannot reveal any details from this deal. But if the player should stay at Bolton beyond the first year, then we would reach more interesting figures."


The captain of the Slovakia under-21 side impressed Bolton manager Dougie Freedman during a match against Romania.

The player himself added: "The coach saw me in the match against Romania and wanted me to come. I am not interested in joining any other clubs."

He also told Sport in Slovakia: "The facilities at Bolton are superb. The training centre is top class but that's something they are used to here, I guess.

"The stadium is just beautiful and I'm looking forward to my new spell.

"I'm happy. If someone had told me during the autumn that I would be at a Championship club in the spring, I would not have believed it."

The Hoops have confirmed Israel defender Rami Gershon's six-month loan deal from Standard Liege has been finalised.

And more new recruits could be on the way as Celtic chase a domestic treble, while preparing to face Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Lawwell said: "We always like to strengthen. If the right opportunity comes along, we would like to do that.

"We would hopefully come out stronger than where we are at the moment.

"If they don't appear, then they don't appear.

"We have scouted a lot of players.

"January is not the best time to be doing it but, if we believe there is somebody out there, with the right deal to strengthen the squad and it's do-able, we would do it."

Discussions remain ongoing with Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama over new contracts.

Lawwell added: "We are continuing to talk until there is an offer for players that they want to take and go or they sign a contract.

"It would be wrong to put a time limit on it.

"We are in a good place as a club at the moment. Thankfully we've got a lot of talent.

"We've got players who will be sought after but we are managing that and we have a good track record of managing that in the past.

"There have been no offers for any of our players."

Lawwell was speaking as Celtic announced a three-year shirt sponsorship deal with Magners.

The cider brand will replace Tennent's Lager at the end of the season.

The deal means the Hoops will have a different main sponsor from Rangers for the first time in a number of years.

Lawwell said: "In the past, we did have shared sponsors but those were really down to circumstances, rather than the plan.

"We've got our own brand, our own story, our own traditions and a very powerful offering to any sponsor.

"We are not defined by any other club. We are Celtic and we've got our own offering."