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Pressley turns down Charlton to join Celtic

Pressley turns down Charlton to join Celtic

Steven Pressley turned down Charlton to sign an 18-month contract with Scottish Premier League leader Celtic on Friday.
He had even undergone a routine medical test this week at the Premier League club before deciding to join the Scottish champions.
"I'm passionate about my football, regardless of who I play for, and hopefully that commitment will endear me to the Celtic faithful," Pressley said.
The 33-year-old Scotland defender had been Hearts captain since 2001, but left earlier this month due to interference in team selection by owner Vladimir Romanov and the high turnover in coaching staff.
Hearts coach Egenijus Riabovas is the club's fifth this year _ and Romanov has fired two of them.
Though Celtic has a 15-point advantage over second-place Aberdeen, it needed cover after defender Bobo Balde broke his leg in the 2-2 draw with Dundee United on Tuesday.
"Anybody who knows football, knows what we are getting in Steven," Celtic manager Gordon Strachan said. "Over the last few years, he's shown himself to be an exceptional leader and a presence on the field and in the dressing room. I'm sure this will be a fantastic experience for him."
Nicknamed 'Elvis' by Hearts fans, Pressley could make his Celtic debut against Kilmarnock at Parkhead on Jan. 2. He is not eligible for Celtic's Champions League matches because he is cup-tied with Hearts.


Updated : 2021-06-14 10:52 GMT+08:00