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Freddie Ljungberg looks forward to Celtic fans' passion


Ljungberg likes Celtic passion

Freddie Ljungberg has identified the passion of the Celtic supporters as one of his reasons for signing for the club from Chicago Fire.

"In America the league is much better than it gets credit for but Celtic are a massive club and what I missed was the passion for the sport," he said.

"If you're looking for passion then it's here. There is great support. The fans and the passion are very good."

The former Arsenal midfielder, 33, has joined Neil Lennon's side until May.

The Celtic manager admits to being "hugely tempted" to start the Swede in the Old Firm derby against Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday, but is concerned about Ljungberg's lack of first-team football.

Lennon said: "It's a tough question because he hasn't played much football since October but obviously he's still in great condition and he's come through the medical, which is quite stringent here, with no problems at all.

"He is in contention."

At a media conference on Friday, Ljungberg described Celtic as "a very big club with great management staff too" and has pledged to wear with pride the club's number seven shirt, that worn by his countryman Henrik Larsson in his days at Celtic.

"When I was at Arsenal I had Ian Wright's number and he was a legend there," he said.

"I'll try to do the same here with the number seven shirt - to wear it with pride and do my best."

Ljungberg left Major League Soccer after an 18-month spell in the United States, his first port of call being on the west coast at Seattle Sounders, the team he joined some months after leaving West Ham in 2008.

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see also
Ljungberg agrees deal with Celtic
30 Dec 10 |  Celtic
MLS presses Celtic on De Rosario
29 Dec 10 |  Celtic
Cha welcomes Ljungberg to Celtic
27 Dec 10 |  Celtic
Celtic confirm Ljungberg interest
26 Dec 10 |  Celtic
Ljungberg agrees to leave Hammers
06 Aug 08 |  West Ham

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