Birmingham City: Celtic striker Denny Johnstone signs deal

Birmingham City have signed Celtic's Scotland Under-19 striker Denny Johnstone on a three-year contract.

The 19-year-old has been on trial with the Championship club over the last few weeks and completed his move after a compensation fee was agreed.

"Negotiations with Celtic have been long but we got there in the end," Blues boss Lee Clark said.

"The board have backed me because I feel the boy can offer future value to the squad."

Birmingham's new recruits for 2014-15

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford)

Wes Thomas (Rotherham)

David Cotterill (Doncaster)

Steven Gleeson (MK Dons)

Mark Duffy (Doncaster)

Grant Hall (Tottenham, season-long loan)

Gavin Gunning (Dundee United)

Jonathan Grounds (Oldham)

David Edgar (Burnley)

Denny Johnstone (Celtic)

Clark told the club website:  "Celtic wanted to keep him, but the boy wanted to move on. Two unnamed Scottish Premier League clubs also wanted to bring him in as their number one striker."

Johnstone, who has won six caps for Scotland's Under-19 side, came through the academy system at Parkhead and was a regular in Celtic's Uefa Youth League side last season.

He becomes Birmingham's 10th summer signing and the Blues manager is confident his new recruit has the qualities to stand out.

"I just think Denny will give us something different to the other strikers we have at the club," he said.

"He's very competitive and can hold the ball up well, but he's also got terrific movement in and around the box."