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Ibrahimovic hints at Celtic move

ESPN staff
December 30, 2013
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could follow fellow Swede Henrik Larsson in playing for Celtic © Getty Images

Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be open to a move to Celtic after admitting he would love to play in front of the Celtic Park faithful.

Speaking to The Sun, the Paris Saint-Germain forward hinted towards ending his playing career in Glasgow, revealing the lure of playing in front of a loud, passionate crowd was a real draw.

"Celtic is a club with a big tradition and a place any top player would want to end their career," Ibrahimovic told the Sun. "How could I say I wouldn't want to play for those fans every week?"

The 32-year-old may well follow compatriot Henrik Larsson in signing for the Hoops; Swede Larsson spent seven years playing for the Hoops in the Scottish Premier League.

"Henrik was good enough to play for any team in Europe," Ibrahimovic said. "But after playing at Celtic Park it is easy to understand why he chose to stay there for so long. No player would ever want to leave playing in the stadium for those fans."

Celtic boss Neil Lennon said it was a huge compliment that a player of Ibrahimovic's stature was keen to join the club.

"He'd have to play well to get in our team," Lennon joked. "Seriously, it would be wonderful if we could get that type of player to the club. I think that's a long way off yet. It's a nice compliment for the club, though, and it just shows the reputation we have built up over the years. That's testament to the players' performances over the last couple of seasons - the supporters as well and what they bring to Celtic Park on European nights. I think a lot of players and coaches would like to sample that on a regular basis."

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