November 23, 2012
Report: Agudelo would love to play for SPL club
Could former Red Bulls striker Juan Agudelo be headed to Glasgow, Scotland?
|Juan Agudelo: “This kind of move has been on my mind for as long as I can remember playing soccer."
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon said on Friday that he wants to sign the 20-year-old player, who performs for Chivas USA, according to STV in Scotland. Agudelo said that he would love to play for Celtic.
Lennon reportedly has been impressed with the Barnegat, N.J. native who has been training with the Scottish Premier League team.
Agudelo told STV that he would love to play for Celtic if a deal could be completed.
He told STV that it was "definitely something I thought of as soon as I heard the word Celtic. I know the history. It’s basically a religion for many.
“Just to have that there and have the support of the whole city would be lovely. Especially due to the fact they are consistently Champions League. Being in the group stage of the Champions League is huge.
“We’ll see. I’d have to consider a lot of things but definitely, Celtic is a great club.
“This kind of move has been on my mind for as long as I can remember playing soccer. Going and playing in Europe is what I would like to do. This is, right now, where the best football is being played. I would love to play here.”
Lennon told BBC Sport that he had been quite impressed with Agudelo.
"He has looked very good, we have been very impressed with him," he said. "We are hoping he will stay around for a few more days and we can talk with his representatives."
"I haven't had the chance to sit down with everyone and discuss it but myself and my backroom team have been very impressed."
Agudelo, who turned 20 on Friday, endured a nightmare season for the Red Bulls and Chivas, recording only three goals and three assists over 1,570 minutes in 24 matches and 17 starts.
He started the year with an ankle injury before suffering a knee injury during the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament. Agudelo was traded to Chivas for defender Heath Pearce, allocation money and future considerations on May 17.