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Hedman heads to Serie A

Published: Thursday 29 January 2004, 19.49CET
Magnus Hedman has left Celtic FC for Ancona Calcio in the hope of preserving his UEFA EURO 2004™ place.

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Published: Thursday 29 January 2004, 19.49CET

Hedman heads to Serie A

Magnus Hedman has left Celtic FC for Ancona Calcio in the hope of preserving his UEFA EURO 2004™ place.

Magnus Hedman has left Celtic FC for Ancona Calcio in the hope of preserving his place in Sweden's UEFA EURO 2004™ squad.

Douglas on top
The 30-year-old goalkeeper has been loaned to the Serie A side until the end of the season after losing his first-team place to Robert Douglas. "Magnus wanted to go on loan because he felt that his chance of first-team football may have been limited here and his position in the Swedish national side could be under threat," said Celtic manager Martin O'Neill.

Dropped after Lyon
Hedman, who joined Celtic in 2002, started the campaign as the club's No1 and played in 19 games, including all six UEFA Champions League group stage matches. However, he has not figured since Celtic's 3-2 defeat by Olympique Lyonnais on 10 December which saw them fail to reach the knockout rounds.

Milosevic chance
As cover for the departed Hedman, Celtic, who are eleven points clear of champions Rangers FC in the Scottish Premier League, have taken Australian goalkeeper Danny Milosevic on loan from Leeds United AFC. Ancona are five points adrift at the foot of Serie A and lost 5-0 to AC Milan at the weekend.

Last updated: 30/01/04 20.02CET

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