Official: Getafe forward Miku joins Celtic on season-long loan deal

The 27-year-old Venezualan striker has joined The Bhoys for the 2012-13 campaign, with Neil Lennon hoping that the "powerful" attacker will give his side the edge in Europe
Celtic have strengthened their striking options by securing Getafe forward Miku on a season-long loan deal, with an option to buy the forward at the end of the loan.

The 27-year-old grabbed 12 goals last season, helping Getafe to secure 11th place in La Liga.

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon was pleased with the deal, citing the potential lack of options up front as a reason to secure the player: "He is a powerful striker and he is a player we rate very highly", he told BBC Sport.

"His goalscoring record in La Liga has been very good. It was a department we thought we were a little short [in]."

The Venezualan has been capped 40 times for his country, and will provide competition for the likes of Georgios Samaras and Anthony Watt.

Given that Celtic's Champions League group contains Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow, Lennon will be hoping that Miku can have an immediate impact on Celtic's fortunes.

Lennon revealed that he is hoping to bolster his striking options further and that appears likely to be a free agent, given that he stated the deal "doess not necessarily have to be done tonight [Friday]".

Miku started his career at Spanish side Valencia before joining Getafe in 2010. The forward has also had loan spells with Alcoyano, Salamanca, Ciudad Murcia and Gimnastic in the past.