Celtic wait on Fortune decision

02 July 2009 01:58
New Celtic boss Tony Mowbray expects to find out whether striker Marc-Antoine Fortune will become his first signing for the club, "in the next day or two". Celtic and Hull have offered the Nancy forward contracts after both clubs had undisclosed bids accepted. Mowbray hopes, having worked with Fortune while he was on loan at West Brom last year, the Scottish side will be the Frenchman's choice. "It is in the balance, it will happen in the next day or two," he said. "I'll either be sitting watching him shaking someone's hand and holding a shirt up somewhere at an English Premier League club, or you will all come back here in a few days' time and meet the guy yourself." Where do you think Fortune will end up? Mowbray is looking for reinforcements after Dutch striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and midfielder Paul Hartley left the club having not been offered new contracts. Nancy's sporting director Nicolas Holveck had previously said English Premier League club Hull were in pole position to secure the striker's services. But Tigers boss Phil Brown set the 27-year-old a 48-hour deadline on Tuesday and suggested he would move on to other targets if no decision was made by then. And now it could be Fortune's link with Mowbray and Celtic coach Peter Grant, who moved with Mowbray from the Hawthorns to Celtic Park, that persuades the forward to move to Scotland. The goals the other boys scored because of the way he played was phenomenal Celtic and former West Brom coach Peter Grant After scoring five goals in 17 Premier League appearances, Grant is a huge admirer of the forward's ability. "Marco is a quality player and we were very impressed by just how well he did for us last season," he said. "People say he didn't have a fantastic scoring record. But look at the goals from midfield after he came in. "The goals the other boys scored because of the way he played was phenomenal. "Marco had a great ethic about him in his training as well as his playing. He was a privilege to work with."

Source: BBC_Sport