Although the move took a little longer than expected to complete, striker John Guidetti is now heading out on loan to Celtic from Manchester City.
The Premier League club confirmed the season-long agreement:
Manchester City @ManCity
TRANSFER NEWS: @superguidetti joins @celticfc on a season-long loan deal: http://t.co/Qn9CZUEMBQ #mcfc http://t.co/UuzJB69jkw9/4/2014, 4:17:35 PM
Sky Sports notes the deal was originally worked on leading up to the summer deadline. Issues with the paperwork caused the sides to miss the original move, however, and led to the delay. Everything has now apparently been worked out, allowing him to join Celtic without having to wait until January.
The report also included comments the 22-year-old forward made to Swedish outlet Dagens Nyheter and he was hopeful the situation would get worked out.
"The move looked to have gone to pieces but now the club has enabled the SFA to take up the matter with FIFA in the hope an exception can be made," Guidetti said. "Celtic felt good and it was the only club for me. The fans are very passionate and it would be nice if the deal went through."
Securing a new home for the 2014 campaign was important for the Sweden international's development. He's yet to make a Premier League appearance with the club since coming over from Brommapojkarna in 2008, having gone out on four loan deals.
Celtic will mark his fifth. The high-profile Scottish side has won three straight championships in the country's top division. It's a favorite to make it four straight, which should present Guidetti with a chance to feature in some key matches.
While it's a good move for all parties, whether the deal should have been allowed is up for debate. Stewart Weir of Goal isn't a fan of allowing the late switch:
Stewart Weir @sweirz
FIFA confirm John Guidetti loan to #Celtic can now go ahead. Nice extension to the transfer window. More a set of patio doors now ... #MCFC9/4/2014, 3:25:46 PM
Regardless, the loan is now complete and Guidetti got his wish. He should see a lot more action with Celtic than he would have with City barring a rash of injuries. It's another opportunity for him to prove he can make an impact with the Sky Blues in the future.
The only time he's received consistent playing time was during a stint with Feyenoord. He proceeded to score 20 goals in 23 matches. The level of competition was obviously different, but it does showcase the potential City are waiting to see at the higher levels.
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