Celtic signings so far fails to produce change of fortunes

A CHANGE of personnel has so far failed to produce a change of fortune for Stalybridge Celtic.

Celtic, despite five new signings and five departures in the last fortnight, went into Tuesday night’s home game against Halesowen Town bottom of Evo Stik League, premier division.

And after their relegation from Vanarama League North, Celtic remain in freefall having won only two of their first 11 league games.

Manager Steve Burr is working tirelessly and leaving no stone unturned to arrest the slide as demonstrated with a frenzy of transfer activity.

To try and stem the flow of goals conceded, Burr was brought in keepers Jack Walton and Craig Ellison, re-signed right back Oliver Crowley and captured centre-back Ross Killock.

Walton, 19, has been signed on loan from Barnsley to cover for the injured Joe Slinn. He played one game on loan for Celtic in 2016 and made the first appearance of his second spell in Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Coalville Town.

Ellison, 30, returns for a second spell at the club as goalkeeping cover as he is also signed for Mossley.

Crowley, the 2014 young player of the year, had been playing in America for New Orleans Jesters and he began the current campaign at FC United.

Killock, 23, meanwhile, was brought in from Chester having previously played for Halifax and Leeds United.

The other new arrival is striker/winger John Cofie, 24, who began his career in the academy at Burnley and spent three years at Manchester United who loaned him to sister club Royal Antwerp.

Cofie, a former England U17 international, also played for Sheffield United, Notts County, Barnsley, Norwegian club Molde, Crawley, Wrexham, Telford, Southport, Bradford Park Avenue, Chorley.

Leaving the club are striker Aaron Burns, the former Manchester United junior, and midfielder Lassana Mendes who have both joined Trafford.

Midfielders Charlie Ennis and Gary Gee have moved to Shaw Lane and Glossop respectively and  left back Lee Neville has been released.

Tuesday’s game against Halesowen Town was the first of four consecutive home games.

They entertain Altrincham on Saturday, September 30, Whitby Town on Tuesday, October 3 and Matlock Town on Saturday, October 7.

Those four fixtures provide an ideal opportunity to not only pull off bottom spot but move away from the relegation places.

After that, Celtic have three successive road trips to Marine, Grantham Town and Ramsbottom United which makes the forthcoming home games massively important to their campaign.

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