Hoop dream for defender

Harte turns down St Mirren, but keen on Hoops

February 6, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Former Leeds star Ian Harte has decided against joining SPL side St Mirren and is still looking for a new club after leaving Blackpool earlier this month after a short spell at Bloomfield Road.

GettyImagesThe Irish defender has tried to seal deals with Sunderland, Charlton and Blackpool.

Harte held talks with St Mirren boss Gus MacPherson over a possible move to Paisley, but after some deliberation the Republic of Ireland international has decided against the move.

"I had a chat with Gus MacPherson and he said he would like to have me up there, it was a good chat, but that's as far as it goes," Harte told Sky Sports News. "I am not signing at all. I had a good chat with the manager last night and I don't think it is going to be the right move for me."

Buddies boss MacPherson confirmed the deal to sign Harte had fallen through.

"We're very disappointed as we thought Ian was joining us until the end of the season," said MacPherson. "He is an experienced player and it would have been fantastic to have brought him on board but unfortunately he has decided to look at other options."

Harte is hoping to find himself a new club as he believes he still has a lot to offer.

"I have just turned 31, I have looked after myself, I am in good shape and I am sure I have got plenty of years to give. I am just waiting for the opportunity and the way the market is at the moment I just have to be patient

"I just want to play football. I would be happy to play Championship or First Division football."

The defender has already said he would like to play for the Scottish champions, Celtic, telling the Daily Record:

"It's every Irish lad's dream to play for Celtic. As I'm from the Republic they were always one of the teams I followed. I'd always look for their results first on a Saturday.

"So, yes, it's always been a dream of mine to play for them. I did get close a couple of years ago. Gordon [Strachan] called and said he was interested in signing me. I think they had Mo Camara playing left-back at the time and it collapsed.

"I don't know if that was my one and only chance of getting to Celtic but hopefully it's not too late.