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After weeks of speculation, Scottish club Celtic have finally announced the signing of Portuguese striker Amido Baldé to a four-year contract. The 22-year-old leaves Vitória Guimarães after only one year, scoring nine goals in 27 matches.

In an official press conference in Glasgow on Thursday night, Baldé expressed his excitement at having the opportunity to play for one of Europe’s greatest clubs.

“I have watched a lot of matches from Celtic and seen a lot of players. I want to feel the same way as my new team-mates felt against Barcelona. I want to experience that feeling playing in the Champions League for Celtic.”

“I felt proud when watching that game. It was a fantastic feeling as Barcelona are a big team and that meant Celtic are a very good team and a very good club and that is why I am here. I saw the Celtic supporters and I loved it.”

“They have won a lot of trophies, one of the best clubs in Europe and play in the Champions League – that is why I am here.”

A product of Sporting Lisbon’s famed academy, Baldé endured loan spells at Santa Clara, Badajoz, and finally Cercle Brugge in Belgium before he was released by the club in the summer of 2012. He would eventually sign with Vitória Guimarães, where he would help them win the Portuguese Cup in his only season.

Standing at 1.93m, Baldé is often regarded in the British game as ‘an old-fashioned centre-forward,’ with great physical strength, who could be strong in the air as well.

“My style is quite similar to Emmanuel Adebayor,” he added. “I like to set up goals as well but I am here to score goals.”

“I am a fighter, a believer,” said the striker. “I believe in myself. I have worked hard to be in this position today of wearing a Celtic shirt. I have worked for it and deserve it.”

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