Neil Lennon wants to bring former Arsenal man to Parkhead.
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that former Arsenal and Sweden midfielder Freddie Ljungberg will undergo a trial this week.
Ljungberg, who has spent the last 18 months playing in the USA with Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire arrives in Glasgow on Sunday night.
“He’s coming in and he’ll have a look at us,” said Lennon. “We think he’s got great calibre.
“He’s been a world-class player for a long time.”
Ljungberg left West Ham in 2008 after an agreement was reached to terminate his contract.
He’s got the quality, so he’s coming in for a couple of days and if we like each other, we might be able to get a deal done
Celtic manager Neil Lennon
The Swede, 33, had considered retiring from football before agreeing a lucrative deal with Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders that ended with a switch to Chicago Fire in July.
Lennon believes Ljungberg could introduce an element of experience to his Celtic side, especially since South Korean duo Ki Sung-Yeung and Ch Du-Ri will be absent for several weeks at the Asian Cup. (BBC Sport)
Whilst clearly a move for the 33 year old Swede is not exactly a signing for the long term a deal to bring the former Arsenal and West Ham man to Parkhead may be something of a master-stroke. The right sided midfielder will be keen to prove he still has something to offer on his return to Europe and if he arrives on a short term deal he may well also be looking to impress his way to a long term deal or indeed to make himself available to other interested parties.
The vastly experienced Ljungberg will probably demand a pretty hefty salary but given that there will be no money needed to land the attacking midfielder then the Glasgow side should be able to afford to bring him to the club as they look to put the pressure on SPL leaders and arch rivals Rangers.
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