£3 million defender leaves Cardiff for Celtic – and has a swipe at former manager

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It’s something of a blow to lose your best defender just one match into the season, especially when you’re gunning for a top six finish in the Championship after an FA Cup final appearance last season. However, Dave Jones is going to have to cope without Glenn Loovens, who has now completed his switch from Cardiff to Celtic for £3 million – not a bad bit of business considering the Bluebirds acquired him for £250,000.

Nevertheless, there was definitely some friction surrounding this move, with the City manager claiming that the Dutchman would be making a mistake to go north of the border and play in essentially a two-team league. At least if he went to the Premier League, there would be twice as many teams going for the title! Wales Online reports that Loovens couldn’t give a hoot about Jones’ opinion and is delighted to be in Glasgow.

“He (Jones) has his opinion, I have mine, and mine is the one that counts. I have to see it with my own eyes, but there are no easy games in this league.

“I wanted to play for things again and I cannot wait to get started.

“I knew I would have to take a step back to take a step forward.

“It was my choice, but I knew I could eventually get back up again and here I am now at a huge club like Celtic. They are in the Champions League and wanted to deal quickly.”

Cardiff fans, will Loovens be a big loss this season, or do you have enough strength in depth to cope with his departure?

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