Adam Matthews won’t be rejoining Celtic.
With his four year Sunderland contract completed, signed on EPL terms, the defender is on the look out for a club at what should be his peak football years.
Matthews made an instant impact at Celtic when Neil Lennon picked him up for a Development Fee from Cardiff City but since leaving for Sunderland virtually nothing has gone his way.
The Welshman has started just 45 league matches for Sunderland which has included two stints out on loan at Bristol City.
Matthews of 2019 isn’t the exciting defender that Celtic signed up from Cardiff City, if he was he would be a very obvious signing target.
In 2012 he turned in a brilliant performance as a left-back in the win over Barcelona, two years later he was drafted back in after two months out as Celtic crashed 6-1 in the Nou Camp and never got close to recapturing his form.
A dislocated shoulder picked up following a clash with Keith Lasley in October 2014 appears to have had long lasting consequences.
If Celtic could go out and sign a 27-year-old that can make an impact at right-back and provide cover at left-back they’d make the move in an instant.
For more than four years Matthews’ career has been in reverse, hopefully he can find an English Championship side to get his career back on track but as attractive as it sounds at some levels Celtic don’t have time to rehabilitate his career when they have their own pressing needs.