Charly Musonda says joining ‘massive’ Celtic an easy choice

Charly Musonda says it was a ‘simple’ decision to join Celtic on loan from Chelsea.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers claimed they had beaten 24 clubs across Europe to sign Chelsea’s Musonda, despite failing to sign him last summer.

After joining Celtic on an 18-month loan, Musonda praised the club’s passion, culture and fans and believes he is very lucky to have joined the Scottish Premiership leaders.

Musonda told Celtic TV: “It’s simple for me – Celtic is a massive club. It’s a club with many fans, an unbelievable passion, and the culture is more than a club. Those were the most important things, and I wanted to go somewhere where I would enjoy my football, and I know the manager as well. I am very happy to be here.

“It’s a massive club and I am really looking forward to it. I was quite close to coming last summer but it didn’t happen.

“I spoke again with the manager a couple of weeks ago and I said I had a feeling that this is where I want to come and play my football. I am very lucky to be here and I am very happy to be here.”

Musonda could make his Celtic debut on Tuesday when they take on Hearts at Celtic Park.

Celtic are now also looking to sign a new goalkeeper after Rodgers revealed Craig Gordon will be sidelined for 12 weeks with a knee injury.

Their initial bid for Motherwell’s Trever Carson was unsuccessful, but they could return with an improved offer.

Carson has impressed Celtic, since joining Motherwell last summer on a three-year contract from Hartlepool.