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  Saturday, 4 May, 2002, 14:46 GMT 15:46 UK
Moravcik in final salute
Moravcik is to play for J-League side Ichihara.
Moravcik is to play for J-League side Ichihara.
Lubomir Moravcik says he will leave Celtic immediately after Saturday's Scottish Cup final against Rangers.

The Slovakia international, who has become a hero to the Parkhead crowd, has asked not to play at Aberdeen in the final Scottish Premier League game of the season a week on Sunday.


I would like to spend some time to go all around the stadium and say goodbye properly but I will only do that if we win
Lubomir Moravcik

Moravcik will enjoy a family holiday before heading to Japan with mentor and former Hoops boss Josef Venglos at J-League outfit Ichihara.

Moravcik told the Daily Record: "I don't want to play in the last league game at Aberdeen so I will be leaving Celtic and Scotland after the Cup final.

"Because I am going to Japan I will have to start pre-season training at the beginning of June and, before that, I need a holiday.

"I won't have any special message for the supporters at Hampden. There will be no T-shirts or anything like that.

"I would like to spend some time to go all around the stadium and say goodbye properly but I will only do that if we win.

"If that is not the case, I will give a quick wave and go away quietly.

"This is not a time to be sad. I would be sad if I had never played for Celtic."


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