Fulham boss Chris Coleman has added to his wafer-thin squad by signing the Celtic winger Bobby Petta on loan until the end of the season.

Coleman has been promised funds to bolster his squad after making a fine start to his first managerial job, guiding Fulham to fifth in the table. Petta has been signed as cover for the Portuguese international, Luis Boa Morte, and the young manager welcomed his new signing.

“I am happy that we have secured Bobby until the end of the season,” he said. “He has proven ability which will help give us some important strength and depth in the squad. I have no doubt he will be an asset in the coming months.”

The Dutch midfielder began his career at Feyenoord and joined Celtic on a free transfer from Ipswich in 1999. Petta has seen his career stall in the last couple of years and he has made five appearances for Celtic this season, with just the one start against MTK Hungaria in the Champions’ League.

Chairman Mohammed Al-Fayed has promised Coleman further funds to strengthen his squad. I’ve been in discussions with Chris over recent weeks with regard to strengthening the squad in certain areas,” said Al Fayed. “We are looking to build and grow for the future and I have made funds available to enhance the team. Since we arrived in the Premiership we have been gradually consolidating our position and it is vital we continue to do this.”