Celtic FC have completed the signing of Spanish goalkeeper Javier Sánchez Broto from Livingston FC.
The 31-year-old has agreed a deal which ties him to the Scottish champions until the summer. He said: "I played in Spain for some big clubs and look forward to the challenge which faces me in the months ahead at Celtic." Broto will go into Celtic's squad for tomorrow's Scottish Cup third-round clash with Saint Mirren FC after the Scottish Football Association gave him clearance to play.
Into Saturday's squad
Livingston have accepted a fee of €40,000 for the player rather than risk losing him for nothing in July. However, Broto will be ineligible for Celtic's UEFA Cup campaign having played for Livingston in Europe earlier this season. Nevertheless, his arrival at Parkhead will ease fears of a goalkeeping crisis at the Scottish champions.
Swedish international Magnus Hedman pulled out of Wednesday's tribute game to Celtic's European Champions' Club Cup-winning side of 1967 just before kick-off with a groin injury, leaving 17-year-old David Marshall to deputise at short notice. Celtic's regular number one - Scotland international Robert Douglas - is still three weeks away from full fitness after undergoing a double hernia operation earlier this month.
Situation to be reviewed
Manager Martin O'Neill said of the signing: "With Robert still recovering and concerns over Magnus on Wednesday I felt it was appropriate to move for Javier.
The deal is until the end of the season and then we'll review the situation."
Broto arrived in Scottish football three years ago when he joined a large Spanish contingent at Airdrieonians FC during the reign of former FC Barcelona player Steve Archibald. When Airdrie collapsed under the weight of financial worries, the former Málaga CF and Real Zaragoza player moved on to Livingston. He was instrumental in lifting the Almondvale side out of the First Division and into the top flight where they achieved a third-place finish in their debut season.
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