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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 January, 2005, 12:37 GMT
Henchoz completes Celtic switch
Henchoz shows off his new colours
Henchoz shows off his new colours
Celtic have signed defender Stephane Henchoz from Liverpool until the end of the season.

The Swiss international had fallen out of favour at Anfield, having played only three times this season under new manager Rafa Benitez.

"I'm very happy with the deal. I'm leaving one great club for another great club," said Henchoz.

"There were a few others interested but as soon as I heard of Celtic's interest and met Martin O'Neill that was it."

Henchoz admitted he had also had discussions with Rangers about a possible move to Ibrox.

"I spoke with Rangers and some clubs in the Premiership and said I wanted to have a good think about where I should go," he added.

"As for Rangers I just spoke over the phone with the manager. I didn't speak with the chairman."

The 30-year-old gives Martin O'Neill experienced cover in central defence, with doubts over Bobo Balde's future at the club.

Henchoz said he was looking forward to playing before the Celtic support again.

"After Liverpool playing here in European competition, I know all about the atmosphere that is created by the Celtic support here in the stadium and I can't wait to experience that in a Celtic shirt," he added.

"I am also looking forward to meeting up with the players here after those Uefa Cup games and seeing so much of Celtic on TV in the Champions League.

"There are 15 games left in the league. I hope to play a part in not only retaining the title for Celtic, but also adding the Scottish Cup to lift the double."

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