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Celina in Ipswich to Complete Loan Move
Sunday, 2nd Jul 2017 19:06

Manchester City youngster Bersant Celina is in Ipswich ahead of the completion of his season-long loan to the Blues.

The 20-year-old posted pictures on his Instagram account which showed he was travelling to and then had arrived in town.

Kosovo international Celina’s move to Portman Road has been all but done for more than a week and he was expected at the club this weekend to undergo his medical and to tie up the formalities relating to his switch.

Town beat the likes of Bolton, QPR and Leeds to land the highly-rated forward, whose previous season-long loan in Holland with FC Twente officially ended on Friday.

Celina will travel to Ireland with the rest of the squad for the now traditional pre-season training camp at the Carton House Hotel in Co Kildare tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, Wolves completed the signing of Scottish left-back Barry Douglas from Turkish club Konyaspor last night which may indicate they have ended their interest in Town’s Jonas Knudsen.

Elsewhere, former Southampton winger Lloyd Isgrove has rejoined his former loan club Barnsley.

The Blues and Charlton are understood to have been among a number of other clubs to have been keen to sign the 24-year-old Wales international.

Ex-Town midfielder Lee Bowyer, 40, has been named the assistant manager of the Addicks, the club where he started his career.

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TractorCam added 19:08 - Jul 2
Good to see him arrive ahead of the Ireland trip and to see us doing business early. Welcome aboard!

Hamish1979 added 19:11 - Jul 2
That picture makes Ipswich look like Monaco. I hope he hasn't seen the rest of it. Welcome!

BLUEBEAT added 19:13 - Jul 2
I bet they only showed him the waterfront and the stadium haha

Vancouver_Blue added 19:40 - Jul 2
It's a Snapchat capture not Instagram

Scribble added 19:43 - Jul 2
@VancouverBlue it was on his instagram actually

BlueandTruesince82 added 19:47 - Jul 2
Costa del Ipswichio

cooper4england added 21:44 - Jul 2
Super exciting signing..... ....why did he chose us?

Lathers added 22:25 - Jul 2
He's from Kosovo... And you're worried about him liking Ipswich?!

parkinshair added 00:03 - Jul 3
If you think that's impressive wait till you see Digby the Octopus!!

rfretwell added 06:53 - Jul 3
Real energy and skill in the team this season. Height and power in midfield, alot more aggression up front with Garner. Could we do a Hudd er sfield?!

Mark added 07:55 - Jul 3
"Town beat the likes of Bolton, QPR and Leeds to land..."

How many years has it been since we read something like that?! Welcome, Bersant.

ThatMuhrenCross added 08:37 - Jul 3
Snapchat, not Instagram. Get a grip! hahahahaha

clive_baker added 10:13 - Jul 3
It's actually an oil painting, not a photograph.

obj124 added 10:56 - Jul 3

Watch this from 3.46 on-wards, been a long while since we had a player with this amount of flair, also looks like a deadly free kick taker. As good as Lawrence and Fraser were I believe that Celina is a much better player.

whosroundisitanyway added 11:01 - Jul 3
Anyone can see it's a watercolour.

Ipswichbusiness added 12:02 - Jul 3
He was won over by the lovingly painted turnstyles!

brendenward35 added 12:06 - Jul 3
Bet his good at washing cars

midastouch added 12:31 - Jul 3
Kuqi (which actually an international for Finland) was of Kosovar Albanian descent and he did well for us overall. There's been so many talented footballers down the years from Eastern European origin. I particularly liked Dejan Savićević (aka the Magician) and will never forget his lob against Barca when AC Milan won the European Cup 4-0. It makes you wonder if we should be sending a scout or two to Eastern Europe to try and unearth some talent. Countries like Croatia for example seem to forever be generating talented football players.

Seasider added 14:39 - Jul 3
Midastouch.Obj124 kindly put his CV on football scout,which is mighty impressive.However these only show the good bits.
Seem to recall that Mick said they do a lot of scouting on Football Scout or similar which no doubt saves travel expenses for the scouts,and can be done from the comfort of an armchair.
However I am sure that the scouts still get about;but like you feel that Europe should still be covered by Ipswich as in the past,which I never read is happening.The MM connection with Ireland is very strong;but cant recall it being very fruitful despite the numerous players we have had from the 'Emerald Isle'.
Having said all that think the activity both on and off the field in the close season has been encouraging;but of course it is what happens on the hallowed turf from August onwards that matters;and whether after all these years McCarthy is capable of moulding these players into an attractive attacking and effective force in the Championship!

midastouch added 15:27 - Jul 3
Obj124 is right, his free kicks in particular look top draw!

bugledog123 added 15:36 - Jul 3
I can't believe i'm saying this but actually excited about the coming season now!

CavendishBlue added 15:51 - Jul 3
Even the winerack looks splendidly stunning today.....

IpswichToon added 16:42 - Jul 3
Celina probably wants to be playing the full 90 minutes of every game. So if you take away the teams who probably have enough strength and depth that wouldn't really be playing Celina ALL THE TIME, then it probably only leaves Ipswich and Bolton. Then it was a case of choosing the team that are probably going to be more competitive next season.

IpswichToon added 17:19 - Aug 8

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