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Celtic sign Olivier Kapo for rest of the season


Kapo 'couldn't refuse' Celtic move

Celtic have completed an 18-month deal for former Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic midfielder Olivier Kapo.

The 30-year-old one-time French international was a free agent, having been released by Wigan in the summer.

He joined the Latics from Birmingham for a £3.5m fee in July 2008, having moved to St Andrews from Italian giants Juventus a year earlier.

"My wish is to stay here for as long as possible and to perform as best I can for the club," said Kapo.

"I know the club quite well through the Champions League and the Glasgow derby, which you can't miss, and also because of my friend Perrier-Doumbe who used to play for Celtic.

"I spent 11 years with him in Auxerre, so we grew up together as young players. He's like my brother and we spend holidays together.

"Before I came here I called him and asked him about Celtic. He told me they are a good team, with great fans and a big stadium, and that the staff and everything are good as well."

The Ivory Coast-born midfielder broke into the French national side during his days at Auxerre, moving to Juve under freedom of contract in 2004.


Kapo struggled to command a first team place with the Turin club and spent a season on loan at Monaco and a term at Levante in Spain before his switch to Birmingham.

During his two seasons at Wigan, he was in and out of the team and had his contract terminated a year early by mutual consent, having spent the second half of the last campaign on loan at French outfit Boulogne.

"I see myself as an offensive player, an attacking midfielder and my role is passing the ball forward and scoring when I have the opportunity," he explained.

"I will give my best like I did before for clubs like Auxerre, Monaco and Juve."

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