Adam Matthews has only one regret about the Dublin Super Cup- Glenn Loovens beat him to Wesley Sneidjer’s prized Inter Milan top!
The Welsh youngster made a big impact over the two day event following on from the club’s three match tour of Australia.
Matthews made his Celtic Park debut against Wolves at left-back and is just as happy in either full-back position.
“I don’t mind where I’m picked, I’ll slot in anywhere,” he smiled when pushed on what position he preferred. “I thought that I played well against Wolves and enjoyed playing at left-back, if the manager wants to play me there I’ll be more than happy.
“It was good to watch Inter Milan from the sidelines then I got on to test myself against one of the best teams in the world and I enjoyed it. Watching players of that quality you are always learning.
“I felt comfortable on the pitch but the boys played well even though we lost 2-0. In the end that score flattered Inter, we had good chances but found their keeper on top form but I was happy with my performance.”
Celtic’s pre-season trips to Australia and Ireland has given Matthews a glimpse of the support Celtic attracts.
The August 13 match against Dundee United will be his first competitive look at Celtic Park but from what he has seen so far the former Caradiff kid has no regrets about his move to the SPL.
“Moving to Celtic has lived upto what I anticipated and more,” he added. “Celtic is a massive club with fans in Ireland and in Australia, the size of the club has not sunk in yet.
“There’s a big squad for the manager to pick from and it’s good to have competition in every place. That keeps everyone sharp in training and if someone’s not pulling their weight there are people ready to slot in and do their job.”
Matthews has followed Joe Ledley’s move to Celtic but is quick to shoot down notions that the midfielder is acting as some sort of mentor.
“Joe’s too immature to be a father figure!” the full-back laughed. “He’s a good mate and he’s helped me settle in and that’s been a good help but we’ve both got our childish ways and there’s a lot of good banter amongst all the boys.”
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