Former Bhoy Agathe rejoins O'Neill at Villa

September 12, 2006

Former Celtic utility player Didier Agathe has signed a short-term contract at Aston Villa.

The 31-year-old Frenchman has a chance to extend that deal which runs until January and will have a run-out for the reserves at Portsmouth tonight.

Villa manager Martin O'Neill, who worked alongside the player at Celtic, told the club's website: 'He's not just here to make up the numbers.

'He's here because I think he has the talent and the hunger to get into our side and do a good job for us.

'He played brilliantly for a number of years at Celtic, but for whatever reason found himself out of favour.

'That happens sometimes but Didier still feels he has plenty to offer.

'He has the determination to succeed and still feels he can play at the very highest level.

'If he can get into the side, he'll be given every chance.'

Agathe can play in a number of roles and O'Neill added: 'He can play wide right, right wing-back and did even play at full-back for Celtic in certain games.

'He's naturally fit and he's very quick. When his confidence is up, then he can run past most people.

'This is a big chance and a big challenge for Didier.

'I've seen the desire to meet that challenge, so he's got the deal now with the chance to earn something longer term.'