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Hartson happy at Celtic

Published: Friday 7 January 2005, 12.00CET
Wales striker John Hartson has pledged his future to Celtic FC until May 2007, ending rumours of a return to England.

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Published: Friday 7 January 2005, 12.00CET

Hartson happy at Celtic

Wales striker John Hartson has pledged his future to Celtic FC until May 2007, ending rumours of a return to England.
Celtic FC striker John Hartson has signed a new contract which will keep him with the Scottish champions until May 2007.

Timely news
The Welsh international had been linked with a move to the Premiership as his existing contract was due to expire in the summer. However, the 29-year-old has decided to stay for at least two more years, giving his side the perfect boost before their Scottish Cup meeting with Rangers FC on Sunday.

Prolific record
Hartson joined Celtic in August 2001 from Coventry City FC and has become a firm favourite with fans. The former Luton Town FC, Arsenal FC, West Ham United FC and Wimbledon FC player has scored 77 goals in 139 appearances for Celtic, and is approaching 50 caps for his country.

Looking forward
"I always wanted to stay and I made that clear to the manager on a number of occasions," said Hartson. "It was just a matter of sorting out a few of the finer details. I have enjoyed the success I have had in the previous three-and-a-half years."

Sylla future
Meanwhile, Celtic will listen to offers for utility player Mohamed Sylla. The 27-year-old has failed to command a regular place since arriving from St Johnstone FC in 2001 and is said to be seeking first-team football elsewhere.

Last updated: 07/01/05 19.00CET

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