Ljungberg presence is a coup for Celtic, even if he does nothing more than come off the bench in the final stages of the contest. It may Swedish have conveyed the impression – for 18 months with the Sounders in Seattle and Chicago Fire and advertising Calvin Klein pants during your stay in the United States – a degree of dilettantism had infected his psyche, but nevertheless is a signature marquee for Neil Lennon.
Rangers still confined to the cell built by Lloyds TSB financial exploitation may not attract those figures to strengthen their squad, reason why Walter Smith attempted to remove the arrival of the ancient Arsenal man yesterday. “Freddie Ljungberg is a good player – there is no doubt – but my concern would be as much as anyone, global Celtic team”, said the Rangers Manager.
Smith, then drew attention to an absent threat when he added: “They will miss Scott Brown.” “He is the captain and he is a good player.”
Little drizzle rain aside, the truth is that Celtic – although having played two games more: enter this new year ritual a point clear of Rangers and driven by its ability to attract a player apparently intended to reaffirm its position in the game. Ljungberg combative instincts are still in testing, judging by their response to disparaging comments from a former player of Parkhead.
John Hartson reacted to the arrival of Ljungberg writing in his column tabloid: “Verily, he is probably be best known for his underwear ads that his football in the last year or two.” Ljungberg has turned off the radar for too long and I do not think it was a great movement of Celts. “
Ljungberg was an equally strong Hartson admonition when he said: “what he said was totally out of line: is someone who is not playing that wants to be in the limelight again.”
And it seems that it has been bathed by the love of the common people since their arrival in Scotland five days ago. “The world has been on the positive side, climbing to me in the street and saying, ‘Please sign’ Glasgow.” It has been humbling, “told the 33 years of age.”
“Helped me to reach a decision.” Unfortunately, the American League does not get the credit it deserves. It is extremely physical. Players are corridors of 100 metres and big guys may lack the final touch in front of the goal, but for me it was not as easy as some people want to do.
“My hip was broken and did not know.” Each time you run 100 percent broke my hamstrings and I discovered if not run 100% and then not broke my hamstrings and I could continue.
“So do not give 100 per cent.” Then I went to Dr. hip better in the world and he fixed it. I’m a player to be reborn. “I woke up with pain every morning but now after the surgery I awake and I feel that I am once again 25.”
Undoubtedly Ljungberg still has the physical as whippet who served him well before to your hip problem and he is in the admirable physical form, but combat – especially on a device like this high octane fitness: requires setting that may lack of the player, as recognized by Lennon. “It is a great signing for us and we are very happy.” Is not only the name that we receive, the quality, the charism and experience that can bring to the team, “said the Celtic Manager.”
“Ideally, you would probably want to play him in a midfield three, right next to the plate lock, but difficult Sunday because he has not played any football since October.”
“He has been ticking since and, obviously, he is in good condition.” That has carried out any checks of sports science and he has come through the colours fly but that occurs soon after only a few days of training?
“Could be simply too much of a bet.” There is a concern that no matter how fit is he could break, and then we lose for a few weeks. We therefore have to weigh all these things before taking a final decision. It is very tempting. Could be the measure for him, but there is no doubt that he is in the squad and he would come “.”
With or without Ljungberg, Lennon believes that they are not currently able to assume Ibrox and rectified in time in the search for a point that would retain their status as leaders of the Celtic League. Or he has a side counterattacking with the cunning of the Rangers in rest, even though it took pains to emphasize that defence of Parkhead gives less credit which feels that it deserves.
“We have the best record in the defensive in the SPL, which seems to be overlooked.” Don’t want to change the four back if we can avoid it, “said Lennon.” “Thomas Rogne and Daniel Majstorovic are playing very well together, and I hope there will be learned from the mistakes we made in the past Old Firm game.”
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