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Caldwell happy to fight for place

Gary Caldwell
Caldwell was an integral part of Celtic's championship-winning side

Celtic defender Gary Caldwell has said his position in Gordon Strachan's side is not at risk, despite news that Glenn Loovens is set to join the club.

The Dutch centre-half arrived in Glasgow on Friday to complete a medical but Caldwell said Loovens' arrival would be good competition.

"I think I'll be playing centre-half," said Caldwell.

"Like everyone in the squad, you have to play well to keep your jersey and that can only be good for the team."

Loovens, 24, is set to complete his move from Cardiff City to Celtic within the next 48 hours after he completes a medical.

He would be likely to take on the role of centre-half, a position normally occupied by Caldwell.

If I keep playing the way I started this season and the way I finished last season, I'm confident I'll be playing

Gary Caldwell
"If I keep playing the way I started this season and the way I finished last season, I'm confident I'll be playing," said Caldwell.

"I'm sure the manager knows what he needs. We've only got three centre-halves at the minute.

"He looked very good, he's a big centre-half who likes to play and so I'm sure he will bring a lot to the squad.

"I think another one is needed and I'm sure he will need to fight for his place when he gets here."

Gordon Strachan was quick to point out that the acquisition of Loovens was not intended as a replacement for Caldwell, but part of an overall plan to strengthen the squad.

"If I'd wanted to make sure I got somebody who was far better than Mick or Gary, I'd need to pay fifteen to twenty million pound," said Strachan.

"So that's not going to happen.

"We're buying players that we think we can make better, mould into the team, put pressure on people and claim a place for themselves."

see also
Loovens set to seal Celtic move
15 Aug 08 |  Cardiff

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