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Thursday 17 August 2017

Ex-Celt Wilson delighted to find way back to Forest

Nottingham FOREST have re-signed defender Kelvin Wilson from Scottish champions Celtic for an undisclosed fee.

Wilson, who left the City Ground for the Hoops in 2011, has been handed a three-year deal at the club.

The 27-year-old defender won two Scottish Premier League titles and a Scottish Cup winner's medal during his time at Celtic Park and he admitted that he is raring to go back at Forest.

He said: "It's nice to be back. I'm delighted to get it all sorted and I can't wait to get started to be honest.

"I wouldn't have left Celtic for just anyone, it had to be the right club. And no club fitted the bill better than Nottingham Forest.

"Out of everything, I have probably missed the fans the most. I love playing at the City Ground. I know people talk about Barcelona, this game and that game, but I just love matchdays at the City Ground."

Meanwhile, Celtic will travel to Kazakhstan for the first leg of their Champions League qualification play-off, where they will face Shakhter Karagandy. However, the trip is logistically better for Lennon's side as Karagandy – who were knocked out of the Europa League two years ago by St Patrick's Athletic – will have to play the match in the capital Astana and not their home ground in Karaganda, with Celtic welcoming their opponents to Celtic Park a week later.

TESTING

The Hoops, who reached the last 16 of the Champions League last season, were given a testing time in the third qualifying round, coming through 1-0 on aggregate against Elfsborg, with Kris Commons' goal in the first leg in Glasgow separating the sides over 180 minutes. Yet they will still be buoyed by memories of their last campaign in Europe, where they beat Barcelona in the group stages before bowing out to Juventus.

It proved a lucrative run for the Glasgow side, who will now face a team with no European pedigree, aiming to reach a main-draw stage for the first time against a club who won the old European Cup in 1967.

Shakhter landed the Kazakh league title in 2012, but their form in 2013 has been shaky. They ended the regular season in third place, behind Aktobe and Astana.

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