Date: 17th June 2009 at 8:47am
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After a less-than-comfortable start to the summer Celtic will today officially unveil Tony Mowbray as the new boss – and reports suggest striker Marc-Antoine Fortune will move to Parkhead.

Celtic will hold a press conference at 10am this morning in order to reveal the new top team of Mowbray, Peter Grant, Mark Venus and Neil Lennon. Celtic had to pay West Brom around £2million to secure Mowbray and, it has been suggested, extra cash to bring Grant and Venus to the club.

One of Mowbray’s first actions, assuming he has some input over transfer decisions, will be to sign Fortune from French club Nancy, if reports are to be believed. According to the Daily Record, Celtic will meet Nancy’s valuation of ?4million in the next few days.

Fortune, who turns 28 next month, spent the second-half of last season on-loan at West Brom, so he is no stranger to Mowbray. The striker began his career with Angouleme, a side currently playing in the sixth-tier of French football.

Statistics are not everything, yet it’s worth pointing out that Fortune’s goal-scoring record is not one that has set the world alight so far in his career. In 53 league games for Nancy he has scored just 10 times, and found the net five times in 17 Premier League games last season.

That half-a-season in the bloated English Premier League can allow Nancy to slap a ?4million – around £3.4million – on the player is a sad indictment of the times but Hull, Wolves and Portsmouth are already thought to have mad bids to sign the player, with the former offering £2.5million.

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