Caldwell the latest of Strachan's 10 new faces

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Celtic's personnel carousel took another spin yesterday when the SPL leaders said they had reached a pre-contract agreement to sign Hibernian's captain, Gary Caldwell, 23, in the summer. The announcement came a day after Celtic confirmed that the Wolves striker Kenny Miller will also move to Glasgow at the end of this season.

Mark Wilson, who signed from Dundee United this week, and Roy Keane, who joined earlier this month, are also among the 10 new faces Strachan has now hired since he succeeded Martin O'Neill last summer, while Chris Sutton and Du Wei have both left this month.

Of more pressing concern to Strachan will be the players he uses at Motherwell tomorrow as Celtic look to maintain their seven-point lead over second-placed Hearts. Motherwell's manager Terry Butcher said yesterday that he considered Shunsuke Nakamura - another Strachan signing - to be the biggest threat to his side.

"He is a wonderful player and he destroyed us in the 5-0 game there in October," the former England captain said. "His movement and touch is quite sensational. [Majiec] Zurawski is now back fit and I saw him for Poland against England at Old Trafford and we all know what he can do.

"But Nakamura looks as though he's been there for some time and keeping him quiet is impossible at times."

Celtic's defensive problems continue, with Stephen McManus suspended, Bobo Baldé away at the African Nations' Cup, and Du Wei now back in China after an unsuccessful trial loan. Celtic have not had a clean sheet for nine games. Roy Keane could again play in central defence.

Hearts, who have so far signed winger Neil McCann, right-back Nerijus Barasa and midfielder Lee Johnson in the transfer window, play at Kilmarnock today, while Rangers, in fourth, play bottom club Livingston.

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