Bloemfontein Celtic's buying spree continued on Thursday when they unveiled Brent Lawler as part of their plans to build a formidable side that will challenge for honours.
The 22-year-old central defender, who joins Phunya Sele Sele from Kaizer Chiefs, is a product of AmaTuks Academy in Tshwane. He has penned a two-year deal with an option to renew for further two years.
Khumbulani Konco, Celtic CEO, is delighted that Lawler has pledged his future to the Bloemfontein side.
“We are delighted to have signed this young man. We have no doubt he will do well for us. He will be surrounded by equally good players and will add to the quality of our defence,” he tells bloemfonteincelticfc.co.za.
Lawler, who describes himself as a loving person who is passionate about soccer, says joining Celtic is a wonderful opportunity to prove himself that he is worth his salt.
“I’m happy to be here. Change of scene is never bad. I was looking for a club where I can be given an opportunity to play and this is the place,” he explains.
“I have already met the coach and my teammates – and I don’t regret joining Celtic. They are a big and ambitious club with fantastic supporters. I have always wanted to play for them. Just because I’m coming from Chiefs, I’m not expecting to walk into the starting line-up. I’m going to fight for my position in the team,” he adds.
Lawler’s agent, Ivica Stankovic, says: “The club, player and I are extremely happy about the deal. I think it will give Brent an opportunity to showcase his capability. Celtic are a good side with passionate support base and I’m positive Brent will add value to their squad.”