Newcastle signing claims club are even bigger than European giants he has just left
By Harvey Byrne
Newly signed Newcastle defender Stuart Findlay has spoken of his proud moment to sign for the Magpies from Celtic.
The 20-year-old centre-back signed for the north east club on Friday joining on a free transfer from the Scottish giants.
The youngster has signed a professional contract with the Magpies, who will play in the Championship next season after suffering relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
The Scotland Under-21 international spent last season on-loan at Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock.
Celtic and Newcastle are both considered big clubs in their respective countries and Findlay is glad to have switched from Celtic Park to St James’ Park.
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Findlay also pointed out that Newcastle is a one-club city, while in Glasgow, Cetlic and Rangers have a massive rivalry.
“When I came here I was shocked how much the immediate City are just in love with the club,” the defender told Newcastle’s official website.
“At Celtic in Glasgow, it’s very much a divided city between Celtic and Rangers, but I’ve never experienced an atmosphere like this, where everyone’s singing from the same hymn sheet and they’re all rooting for one club. To have that many passionate fans of a club is a special thing.
“I don’t think I’ve had a day I’ve walked out and not seen a Newcastle strip yet. I’m living with a good friend of mine who’s Newcastle daft, and as soon as he heard I was signing here he was willing to let me stay there as long as I wanted!
“It’s a proud moment for me. I’ve come from Celtic, who are a big team in Scotland, but to be able to leave Celtic and join a team who are just as big, if not bigger down in England is a really proud moment for me. I’m delighted to be here.”
The Magpies also captured the signature of 20-year-old Yasin Ben El-Mhanni on Friday.
El-Mhanni, nicknamed the ‘non-league Riyad Mahrez‘ during a trial with Chelsea earlier this year, has spent time with Aldershot Town and Farnborough Town.
However, Findlay and El-Mhanni weren’t the only players to be confirmed as Magpies on Friday afternoon, with Champions League defender Jesus Gamez signing a two-year deal from Atletico Madrid on a free transfer.
First-team manager Rafa Benitez has also brought in Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Matz Sels in an attempt to return the north east side to the Premier League in his first attempt.
In other Newcastle news, Coventry manager Tony Mowbray hopes his side can take the Magpies Adam Armstrong on loan.