Celtic sign another Aussie from the A-Leagues

Celtic have signed young Australian defender Liam Bonetig to join the club’s Academy.

Former Western Sydney Wanderers prospect Bonetig has signed a three-year deal, having initially impressed on trial with the Scottish champions.


The 18-year-old, who was part of Western Sydney’s youth set-up, joins compatriot Marco Tilio at Celtic after the Socceroo was lured to Glasgow from Isuzu UTE A-League premiers Melbourne City at the start of the season.

Bonetig – the younger brother of Western Sydney defender Alex – made nine appearances for the Wanderers’ youth team in NPLM NSW in 2023.

The Wanderers confirmed they will receive a sum in training compensation as Bonetig has been at the club since 2016.

“The Red & Black wish Liam all the best at Celtic and hope that his brother, current A-Leagues player Alex, also eventually makes the move to Europe in the coming years,” Western Sydney said in a statement.

“It’s an amazing feeling to have signed,” said Bonetig, who will also experience UEFA Youth League and Premier League International Cup football.

“It’s such a huge club and I couldn’t believe it when Celtic were interested. So I am just glad to get it done.

“I couldn’t really describe what it felt like when I first heard of Celtic’s interest. It’s some feeling.

“The boys told me it’s a great time to come to the club with some big games coming up. So playing and travelling to those is going to be some experience.

“Since I have been here, the coaches and players have been great to me. They have been really welcoming and made my time very easy at the moment.

“Now, I am just really excited to get going.”

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