Celtic can confirm the signing of Ramsbottom United keeper’ Tom Stewart.
The 24-year-old will link up with Celtic after an impressive season for Ramsbottom where he picked up the Chairman’s Player of the Year.
Tom kept eight clean sheets in 30 league games as he helped The Rams to 2nd in the Northern Premier League Division One North West.
After starting his career at Blackburn Rovers, Tom joined also spent time with Guiseley and hometown club Bradford City before joining Morecambe in February 2015, he made his Football League debut in March that year vs Shrewsbury.
Spells at Whyteleafe and Harrogate Town followed as well as loan moves with Salford City, AFC Liverpool and Buxton before a move to Ramsbottom last season where he excelled.
Ahead of making the switch to Bower Fold, Tom said: “I am delighted to sign at such a great club.
"After speaking with the Manager about what his plans are for the season, it was a no brainer."
A goalkeeper has been a priority for Manager Simon Haworth, who was pleased to have signed a permanent keeper:” Signing a permanent keeper was something we’d thought long and hard about.
"We’ve used a lot of loan keepers since I took over but we’ve thought about the benefits, the pros and cons and decided that if the right keeper came up, we’d go for it.
“The opportunity came up to sign Tom, we took it and we’re delighted to have signed him.
“He’s got a point to prove but also got experience, he’s had a great season with Ramsbottom. He’s still got things to learn but he wants to improve, that goes for everyone who we’ve signed, they are all in the same boat.
“In terms of his ability, he's got good hands, he’s a real big size at 6”5 and he’ll give us a real presence in the box coming for set-pieces and crosses, something we’ve not had for a while. It’ll help the back four massively.
“Tom can also kick well so he has all the attributes to be a very good keeper. He's the right age and has the right profile for where we are at.
"He wants to be apart of what we are doing and we’re happy to have a permanent keeper we can work with during this longer pre-season than normal.”
You can welcome Tom to Celtic on Twitter, @tomstewartgk1.