Celtic sign Malawian defender

Mzava, who can play anywhere in defence and as defensive midfielder, has penned a three-year deal worth R350 000 from Escom United, according to Malawi's The Nation newspaper.   "He is a good player with a bright future. I am certain he will fit in very well," the paper quoted Celtic Chief Operations Officer Khumbulani Konco as saying.   Konco was backing claims by the facilitator of the deal Ben Chiwaya who broke the news Mzava's signing.   "At first Celtic offered R100 000 which I rejected. I pegged the player at R408 000 but they bargained for R350 000 which I agreed to. So it is a done deal," Chiwaya says.   Mzava, who captained Malawi Under-17 to 2009 Africa Youth Championship finals and the subsequent World Youth Cup, is now a senior team regular with seven caps.   The Malawian international defender has been on trials alongside compatriot striker Chikondi Mpulula who Celtic are still being assessing.   Meanwhile, veteran defender Gary Goldstone says he is at peace with the decision that Celtic have made by informing him that he is not in their plans for next season.   Celtic's decision means that Goldstone's playing future is now hanging in balance as he nears his 35th birthday. His contract with Celtic expires at the end of June.   "Football is about people taking decisions and in my case I have to accept what the club has said to me. They have told me that I am not in the plans for next season and I am at peace with that," says Goldstone who was handed the Chairman's Award at the club's awards night on Sunday as a way of honouring the service he has given the club.   "I know I am not in the plans for next season for a good reason. (Eric) Matoho has come in and done tremendously well…he has been phenomenal this season and I am proud of him because I also played a role. I am also happy for all the boys that have come in and done well. I am proud to also having been part of this club. I am not angry with the club for telling me that I am not in the plans for next season, I have to be professional about it.   "There are not many players that have played in the top ranks for over 10 years like me, so I am proud of myself," says Goldstone.     Regarding his future Goldstone says that is the least of his worries right now despite retirement starring him in the horizon.    "I am least worried about my football future right now. I know that God will take care of everything. At 34, I know I can still play another solid season because I am still in good shape even though I accept the fact that I cannot compete with the same athleticism of boys more than 10 years younger. I just haven't thought much about the future," he says without committing himself to retirement.   Apparently Celtic have already recently mentioned that they could want Goldstone to be absorbed into their coaching ranks when he hangs up his boots.     Peter Kanjere and Lovemore Moyo