Ryan’s return to Bower Fold

Stalybridge Celtic’s lengthy search for a striker is over following the capture of Jack Ryan from Tamworth.

The 25-year-old front man previously featured for Celtic on-loan in 2014.

Ryan started his career at Blackburn Rovers before joining Preston North End.

Jack Ryan

Over a two-year period at North End, he had loan spells at Southport, Morecambe and Stockport County, where he scored eight goals in 16 games, and a spell at Celtic where he made 12 appearances.

He made his Preston debut in October 2014 as a substitute against Colchester United.

Ryan moved to Workington, where he scored five goals in 32 games, before further spells at Guiseley and most recently Tamworth.

Celtic have also landed a left back following the prized capture of Ashley Smith-Brown.

It was only six years ago that Smith-Brown was lining up for England Under-19s alongside Ben Chilwell, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Joe Gomez.

Mancunian Smith-Brown was picked up by Manchester City aged five from Fletcher Moss Rangers which produced Marcus Rashford and many other top players.

Smith-Brown, 25, spent 17 years at City and he had loan spells at Dutch side NAC Breda, Hearts and Oxford United before joining Plymouth Argyle in 2018.

A further loan spell with Oldham Athletic followed before Smith-Brown joined South Shields and latterly he was at Farsley Celtic.

Ryan in action

Smith-Brown made a total of 33 appearances for England for the Under 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 sides.

Callum Harris has re-signed for Celtic after failing to get back into the full-time game.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder spent two weeks on trial at Oldham Athletic – he even played against Celtic in a pre-season friendly at Bower Fold – but he failed to win a contract.

Celtic manager Simon Haworth is happy to have Harris back on board.

“The challenge for me is to get the best out of Callum and that is to get him at the attacking end of the pitch,” he said.

Celtic signed Harris early last season after he last played for Burgos in the Spanish third division.

He began his playing days at Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers, appearing in the Under-18 sides at both clubs.

Harris was later signed by Wolves after catching their eye at the Nike Academy which is for players released by Premier League clubs.

In recent seasons he has played for both Patro Eisden in Belgium and for Spanish side Burgos.

Celtic have added to their firepower with the capture of Sope Awe, 20, who has been released by National League North side Chorley for whom he played mainly in their Under-18 and U21 sides.
Awe impressed while on trial and Haworth describing him as raw but with potential.

As a striker himself, Haworth will be working to improve Awe who is studying for a degree in business and marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He is currently taking a gap year in which he is working as an account executive for a pharmaceutical company.

Awe, who lives in Blackburn, was in the academy at Blackpool but failed to land a scholarship and moved to Chorley.

He had had loan spells at Prescot Cables, Kendal Town and Cheadle Town.

The most recent signing has been midfielder Ethan Padden, 20, who most recently was at Glossop North End and Buxton. He came through the academy at Chesterfield.

“Ethan is a young lad with a good attitude and someone who will add to our squad, and he will do well in the NPL,” explained Haworth.

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