STALYBRIDGE Celtic have pulled off a coup by signing Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Fojticek on loan until January.
The 19-year-old Slovakian has featured for both Manchester United’s Under-18 and U23 teams.
And the deal was secured thanks to the friendship between Celtic manager Simon Haworth and Les Parry, his former physio at Tranmere Rovers, who now looks after United players who are sent out on loan.
Fojticek, who has been capped at U19 level for Slovakia, joined United from his historic home-town club of Tatran Presov three years ago.
He became the first Slovakian to represent United when he made his debut in October 2016.
As United’s number one, Fokticek won the U18 Premier League North title in 2017-18 and has since moved up to join Ricky Sbragia’s U23 side.
Haworth said: “We are thrilled to have Alex on board. It’s a great signing for the club to be receiving a keeper of his standard and to also build our relationship with Manchester United.
“A big thanks to must go to Les Parry, my old Tranmere physio, who has done us a big favour by helping make this happen.”
Fojticek will continue to train with United while on loan at Bower Fold and can also play for the Reds when not needed by Celtic.
In the event of Fojticek being absent of international duty for Slovakia, Haworth said United have promised to send a replacement goalkeeper.
Fojticek is one of five players to be signed by Celtic in the last 10 days.
The other new players are:
- Adam Freeland, a centre back who had previously played for Buxton and Ashton United.
- Tony Whitehead, midfielder and centre back who last played for Southern United in New Zealand. Prior to that he played six seasons for Limerick in Ireland.
- Cameron Moore, a wide attacking player who played for Bolton Wanderers U19s last season.
- Liam MacDevitt, an attacking player who had most recently played in New Zealand for Tasman United and Southern United. The BBC sports journalist began his playing days at Yeovil.
Celtic, still searching for a left back, are giving trials to Kallum Mantack who has been released by Curzon Ashton.
Mantack, 21, began his playing days at Oldham Athletic for whom he made three first-team appearances.