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Sunday, December 26, 2010
Celtic close on Ljungberg

Neil Lennon has revealed Freddie Ljungberg will arrive in Glasgow on Sunday with a view to signing for Celtic.

After watching his side score two injury-time goals through South Korea duo Cha Du-Ri and Ki Sung-yueng to beat St Johnstone and keep their title challenge alive, the Hoops boss talked about the possible recruitment of the former Arsenal and West Ham star who latterly played his football in the United States.

''Ljungberg is coming in tonight [Sunday],'' he said. ''It is not a trial or anything like that. It's so that we can have a look at him and he can look at us.

''We were contacted three or four weeks ago. I don't think he is over the hill. I think he is 34 but he has always kept himself in good condition

''He had a horrendous time with injuries at West Ham but in the last 18 months he has played a lot of games in America.''

Lennon admitted that former Celtic player Johan Mjallby played a part in negotiations, and said that Ljungberg could bring extra quality to the club.

''You don't lose the quality, he might be missing an edge but we will see how he is,'' he added. ''He has been a quality player for a long time, he is vastly experienced and again, it's just an opportunity that might be there for us.

''Johan Mjallby helped. Ljungberg's agency contacted us and Johan had a chat with him. He is keen to come and he wants to play in Europe again.

''He is a big name but that doesn't concern me as such, it is the quality he can bring to the club and if it is there we will pursue it.''

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