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Pressley opts for Celtic switch

Published: Friday 29 December 2006, 18.16CET
Celtic FC have signed Scotland defender Steven Pressley from Heart of Midlothian FC, with the lure of European football holding the key to the deal.

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Published: Friday 29 December 2006, 18.16CET

Pressley opts for Celtic switch

Celtic FC have signed Scotland defender Steven Pressley from Heart of Midlothian FC, with the lure of European football holding the key to the deal.
Celtic FC have signed Scotland defender Steven Pressley from Heart of Midlothian FC, beating off competition from English side Charlton Athletic FC with the promise of European football.

European lure
The former Hearts captain is understood to have preferred Celtic because of their likely involvement in Europe next season, though his appearances for Hearts in this year's UEFA Champions League qualifiers have made him ineligible for Celtic's current campaign.

Balde blow
Celtic are bringing Pressley in to shore up a defence that has been deprived of Dianbobo Balde, who has suffered a broken leg. Pressley is a free agent after agreeing to leave Hearts following his criticism of majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov.

Charlton medical
The 33-year-old underwent a medical at Charlton but eventually opted to stay in his native Scotland. He has signed a deal until May 2008 but will not be free to make his debut for Celtic until the January transfer window officially opens and his registration can be completed. Pressley, who also had spells with Rangers FC and Dundee United FC, played alongside Celtic manager Gordon Strachan at Coventry City FC in the mid-1990s.

Last updated: 31/12/06 16.37CET

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