Osei returns along with new signing Ustabasi

STALYBRIDGE Celtic have increased their firepower with the signings of Berat Ustabasi and Darius Osei.

Darius Osei

Ustabasi, 25, known as Jonathan, arrives at Bower Fold with an impressive CV and impressed manager Simon Haworth in training to put him on the bench for the home defeat by Radcliffe Borough on Saturday (Sept 21).

Born in Manchester of Turkish origin, Ustabasi has played the last eight years in Turkey and most recently in Macedonia.

His former clubs include Bursaspor and his last was FK Shkupi, who are in the Macedonian first division and for whom he played in the Europa League.

Looking to break into the English game Ustabasi, who can play anywhere across the front three, has joined Celtic.

Osei, 23, meanwhile, is a familiar face as he returns to Celtic where his career lifted off.
He featured for the club for two seasons between 2014-2016.

Osei made the step up from Celtic’s reserve side for his first-team debut in December 2014 as Celtic lost 3-0 against AFC Fylde in the National League North. He made 21 appearances for Celtic, scoring eight goals including four against Abbey Hey in the Manchester Cup.

He was signed by Oldham Athletic in the summer of 2016, making 27 apps for Latics. He then joined Maidstone United in January 2018 and made nine appearances that season.

Former captain Chris Smalley has re-joined the club following a short break.

Smalley originally joined Celtic from Stockport County in October 2018 and made 27 appearances last season and was named Celtic’s players’ player of the season.

After taking a break for personal reasons, Smalley is now back at Celtic.

Manager Simon Haworth said: ”Chris is one of the best centre backs in the league.

“We don’t want to go on a whim and sign players for the sake of it which is perhaps what happened last season.

“With both Chris and Darius Osei signing for us, we know what we are getting and we know they are going to improve us.”

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