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Zheng Zhi cannot wait to begin working with Tony Mowbray as he prepares to complete his move to Celtic.

China captain Zheng is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Glasgow giants before the end of the week. Manager Mowbray revealed on Tuesday he had tried to sign the 29-year-old, who can play in midfield or up front, a year ago while in charge at West Brom.

Zheng reportedly jetted into Glasgow on Tuesday night and told the Daily Record: "Celtic are a great club with a great manager. I'm so excited to be here and looking forward to playing with Celtic. I'm very happy."

Zheng added: "I know Tony from his time at West Brom and I really liked him then. He tried to sign me a year ago, so it's good for me I was able to do that now.

"I admire him a lot. He is a big reason I've signed for Celtic. I want to play under a manager like him.

"I know this club because it is a big name and I know a bit about Scottish football as well. There are a lot of good players at Celtic so I'm happy to be a part of that."

Zheng is able to complete his move outside the transfer window after being released by Charlton, where he spent two and a half years.

One player who was glad to see the window shut was Celtic full-back Andreas Hinkel. The German defender, 27, was linked with Cologne and Hull during the summer but insists he always wanted to stay put.

He said in the Scottish Sun: "Of course I am happy to still be here as a Celtic player.

"There was speculation that I was going to move before the transfer window closed but that is all it was, speculation. Never at any point did I think about leaving."

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