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Rogne deal illustrates Mowbray's Celtic plan

Tony Mowbray's long-term vision at Celtic became a bit clearer with yesterday's signing of Norway U21 defender Thomas Rogne.

The 19-year-old has been training with the Celtic first team over the past few days and joins Jos Hooiveld and Ki Sung-Yueng as January arrivals at Parkhead.

The Celtic boss, though, categorised Rogne along with fellow youngsters Josh Thompson and Milan Misun, whom he sees as part of the club's long-term future.

Mowbray, who rejected a claim that he had told midfielder Scott Brown he wanted to sell him, said: "Thomas is a young player we've watched for a while and we're delighted to bring him to the club.

"He's only 19 but has had good experience in the Norwegian league. He has all the physical attributes and personality to be a success at Celtic. Like Josh Thompson and Milan Misun, Thomas is a big part of our future.

"We are bringing these talented players to the club in order to ensure the foundations are in place for the coming years."

Rogne, though, is looking to force his way into the first team at Parkhead sooner rather than later.

"I'm delighted to sign for a club of Celtic's stature," he said. "It really is a dream come true.

"The Celtic first team is where I want to be and I'll be doing my very best to try and make an impact and ensure that I can achieve this as soon as possible."

On Brown, Mowbray said: "The story is absolute nonsense. I never told Scott Brown that I want him to leave the club. Scott is a huge player for Celtic and absolutely part of the future plans."


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