Ex-Celtic and Middlesbrough striker Hutchinson signs for Mansfield Town

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox swooped to make his second New Year signing late on Friday afternoon - former Celtic striker Ben Hutchinson.

Hutchinson, who has been training at Field Mill, joins former Port Vale midfielder Gary Roberts in signing on the dotted line for the Stags ahead of the New Year’s Day match at York City.

However, Hutchinson will not be eligible to play in the match as the paperwork over his move to the Stags was not completed in time.

The 24-year-old will officially sign until the end of the season on Tuesday on a free transfer from Kilmarnock.

Hutchinson wrote his name into the headlines when Middlesbrough swooped for the Nottingham born marksman six years ago, paying a six figure sum for his services from Arnold Town. He then joined Glasgow Celtic and appeared for the Scottish giants in both SPL and Champions League matches.

Loan spells with Swindon, Dundee and Lincoln City followed, before a switch to Kilmarnock in the summer.

Hutchinson told the Stags’ official website www.mansfieldtown.net:  “I’m looking forward to getting my career back on track. I think this will be a good place to be. Paul Cox was a big lure for me in coming here having played under him previously.

“I want to score goals and do a good job for the team,” he added.